Rescued animals evaluated

67 dogs, 4 cats alive after being removed from 2 Harford homes

May 14, 2006|By GINA DAVIS | GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER

Hundreds of volunteers with the Humane Society of Harford County spent much of yesterday grooming, evaluating and treating dozens of dogs and cats rescued Friday from filthy conditions at two homes in the county, the shelter's executive director said.

In addition to addressing the animals' medical problems, volunteers groomed and walked dogs, many of which had been confined to crates before their rescue, said Tammy Zaluzney, executive director of the county's sole animal shelter.

"These animals came [to the shelter] in horrible condition," Zaluzney said. "Many of them have such terrible muscle atrophy that they can't stand."

The animals were found roaming amid carcasses and feces in two properties in the 2900 block of Whiteford Road, law enforcement authorities said. Of the nearly 120 animals removed from the homes, Zaluzney said, the shelter took in all that had survived -- 67 dogs and four cats.

No charges have been filed, but an investigation is continuing, according to Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the Harford Sheriff's Office.

Zaluzney said the shelter has no plans to euthanize the rescued animals but can't put them up for adoption until the criminal investigation has been completed. On a typical day, the shelter houses about 100 cats and dogs. She said she hopes public appeals will draw residents who want to adopt animals not connected to the rescue to help free up space in the shelter.

gina.davis@baltsun.com

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