Over 140 dogs rescued from poor living conditions in WNC

Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services

HAYWOOD CO., N.C. (WSPA) – Haywood County Animal Services has rescued over 140 dogs that were kept on a property in Canton.

The animals were being held on a 0.5-acre property, HCAS says.

About 55 mixed small breed dogs, including chihuahuas, dachshunds, and terriers, were found in a single-wide mobile home with the property owners.

Larger-breed dogs, including hounds and Labradors, were found in wire kennels, a camping trailer and on chains.

Vaccination records were not readily available for the animals. The owners voluntarily surrendered the dogs to HCAS.

The Humane Society of Asheville, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, and the Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter all helped HCAS rescue the dogs.

Most of the dogs were in pretty good condition. However, some are suffering from skin ailments and other problems, according to Haywood County Program Administrator Dona Stewart

“This is the largest rescue operation I have seen in 14 years in this industry,” said the Haywood County Animal Services Director Doyle Teague.

Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Temporary shelter. Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services
Credit: Haywood County Animal Services

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