SULLIVAN CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Sullivan Co. Humane Society and local law enforcement agencies removed a group of animals from a property in Sullivan Co. on Thursday afternoon.
15 dogs, 14 cats, 3 goats, 1 lamb and 1 chinchilla were removed from the home.
Julie Tow, Sullivan Co. Humane Society President, said the community played a major role in the removal process.
“People in the community need to know that if you can’t take care of your animal you need to contact your shelter. We can help you take care of it. We give you food. We can educate you on the needs of the animals and we’ll also take the animals,” Tow said.
There were a total of 38 animals found on the property.
Humane society staff hope to bring all the animals back to the shelter, but limited space could be a problem.
“Cases like this can overcrowd a shelter and cause a lot of need for medical. Shelters like ours as small as ours, we don’t have the funds to take care of all the animals we bring in,” she said.
However, there are other options to ensure that the animals will be kept safe.
“We’ve been lucky enough to make a connection with the Humane Society of the United States, the Indiana group, and they have offered to help us to maybe take some of the dogs from our shelter or some of those dogs since they have been surrendered, even the livestock and find places for them throughout the United States,” Tow said.
She said they are hoping for a positive outcome.
“I’m very pleased with the way the shelter manager handled this and the way the Indiana state police helped us get involved. Like I said it was a horrendous conditions. They did it as quickly as they could and the outcome will hopefully be great.”
The Indiana Board of Animal Health will access the animals’ health conditions. The investigation is currently ongoing.