BLUFFTON, OH (WCMH) — Conditions inside a Lima area animal rescue were so bad that 70 animals had to be removed from the property over the weekend.
According to the Ohio SPCA, Bluffton police notified humane officers after they noticed concerning conditions from the outside of a building belonging to TLU Rescue on Friday. When they visited the rescue operator’s home, they found 18 dogs living in unsanitary conditions.
Those dogs were removed from the home and taken to the Ohio SPCA & Humane Sociert Adoption Center in Lima.
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The next day, humane officers visited the TLU Rescue facility itself. They described the conditions as ‘beyond horrific.’ Ohio SPCA Director Teresa Landon said animals were stacked in cages and forced to live in their own waste. Ammonia levels were overpowering, especially in the cat room where litter boxes and counter tops were filled with urine and feces.
Many of the nimals were in need of medical care for infections and severe dental disease.
One dog could not be saved and had to be immediately euthanized, according to Landon.
TLU Rescue is a non-profit organization and solicited donations from the public on the premise that they were saving animals and placing them up for adoption, according to the Ohio SPCA.
“Good intentions are never enough when animals end up suffering from neglect,” said Landon.
Criminal charges for animal cruelty are expected to be filed as soon as a full veterinarian report is completed.
The Ohio SPCA & Humane Society says it is in urgent need of monetary and in-kind donations for the care of these animals. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at http://www.ohiospca.org.