26 dogs rescued in overcrowded barn now at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is treating 26 dogs rescued from an overcrowded barn last week.

On June 23, the State Board of Animal Health asked for Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control’s help removing several dogs from a barn in a nearby county, according to the city of Fort Wayne.

The owner of the dogs and barn worked with law enforcement and agreed to comply with state law. FWACC received 26 dogs of various breeds from the owner the next day.

“Though this case falls outside of our jurisdiction, when the State Board of Animal Health contacted us, we couldn’t pretend this wasn’t ‘our problem,'” Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Director Amy-Jo Sites said. “We have a generous community and have a lot of great relationships with rescues and the Allen County SPCA”

The dogs are being medically and behaviorally evaluated. Many of the animals have dental issues, skin conditions and mammary tumors. None of the dogs have been spayed or neutered, the city department said.

“We are working closely with specific breed rescues to coordinate as many transfers as possible,” Sites said. “Though these dogs have created an unforeseen drain on our medical donations, we are getting these dogs the services they need to be placed into their forever homes.”

The owner and location of the barn weren’t disclosed.

Anyone wanting to give donations for the dogs’ medical attention can do so at the FWACC’s website, by mail or during normal business hours at the department.

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