Over 50 Chihuahuas Seized From Tulsa Home
TULSA, Oklahoma - The Humane Society is scrambling to make sure more than 50 dogs rescued from an animal hoarding situation are taken care of.
Once the animals are treated, they'll need to find news homes.
One after another, dogs were brought into the Tulsa Humane Society after being rescued from an extreme case of animal hoarding.
"Not spaying and neutering your pets, it's very easy to get overrun like this," Evan Fadem said.
The 58 Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes were found covered in fleas, living in their own filth and needing to be spayed and neutered.
Fadem said, “It was a very unhealthy situation, not only for the woman but for the animals as well.”
In situations where the Humane Society takes on so many animals, they try to get them looked at as quickly as possible so they can go on to adoption.
“Generally, just make sure there are no health issues before they can go to a home," veterinarian Erin Tygart said.
The vet is checking for heartworms, updating their vaccines and starting them on parasite and worm prevention.
Each dog will also get a microchip.
Tygart said, "These are nice dogs, too. They are really, generally, really friendly. They aren't as fearful as many that come out of a crowding situation, so we're hopeful they all find good homes."
While crowding situations as bad as this aren't found every day, the Humane Society said it's more common than you think.
"People see it on animal hoarders, they see it on TV, but it really happens in real life and it happens here in Tulsa," Fadem said.
It’s a problem the Tulsa Humane Society is hoping to crack down on, one animal at a time.
The adoption center is located at 6232 East 60th Street and the fee is $100.
The Humane Society said if you can't help by adopting any of the dogs they would appreciate donations of wet food, small collars, dog beds and cash.
You can find more information here.