As of yesterday, the Humane Association of Warren County had taken in 111 poodles from a "hoarding situation," according to the organization's Facebook. Due to the large amount of animals they've taken in, and the ongoing triage process needed for each dog, the shelter will be closed both today and tomorrow (Sept. 24-25). In a live video, Joanne Hurley, executive director, said that they hope to be back open by Thursday.
"We're getting tons of support from you guys," she said. "I can not thank you enough for the support you have shown us so far — everyone who has donated their time, money, everything. It's been great."
She went on to explain — and show — several of the poodles being groomed with the help of students from the Warren County Career Center vet science program. Because of their prior living conditions, the rescued dogs have matted fur and, according to a post, they're expecting "to see many types of skin infections" after the grooming process, which means more medical care.
"They're matted, there's skin infections, there's fleas, some of them are blind," Hurley says in another video. "We have our work cut out ahead of us. I want everyone to know that we need your support more than ever now. To get these dogs back in the shape to be adopted is not cheap. We have to call on all of our partners...anyone that can help, please reach out to the shelter. If you've ever though about adopting a dog, now's the time."
In a series of videos, Hurley at first estimated that 35 to 40 dogs would be rescued. That number jumped to 80 before being updated to the final count of 111. Several vehicles transported the pooches — all of which were either poodles or poodle mixes — back to the shelter.
While it will likely be a few weeks in the making before the dogs are able to be released, if you're interested in fostering, adopting or donating visit homelesspets.org or call 513-695-1176. The shelter is located at 230 Cook Road, Lebanon, Ohio.