SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – If you walked into the CNY Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals this week, you would find that the number of dogs has nearly doubled. Following a hoarding case in Oneida County, 61 beagles were taken from a mobile home and brought into the shelter.
“She thought she had 40 dogs,” said CNY SPCA Director, Troy Waffner. “Our officers went inside, there was an overwhelming smell of ammonia from the feces and the urine. They arrested the woman at that point under an animal cruelty charge. We went out the following week and picked up 61 beagles.”
Since the dogs arrival last week, they have been receiving medical examination before they are either spayed or neutered. Which is the reason this may have happened in the first place.
“I think what happens is you start out with two or four, then they keep multiplying and multiplying,” said Waffner. “And at some point I think it becomes so overwhelming that you don’t understand what you have and you don’t understand what you have to do to take care of them.”
According to PETA, an animal is abused every 60 seconds, a number, according to Waffner, could could see massive improvement with more teaching.
“Educating people on training and how to take care of animals,” said Waffner. “And that’s what we do with a lot of the people who adopt here. Try to educate them on what needs to be done.”
The other notion Waffner wants people to understand is that rescue dogs are really no different than dogs from a breeder, they too are just looking for love.
“There’s nothing wrong with these dogs any more than you’d get from a breeder,” said Waffner. “They’re all good dogs that just want to be part of a family and live their best life again.”
“They need a good home, so we try to offer them one,” said Syracuse resident, Doug Seaman. “Our vet says when we adopt a dog, they’ve won the lottery”
Seaman is look at these beagles, hoping to rescue his third dog. Both of his other two are also beagles.
The shelter will hold an event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the community will have the opportunity to meet the dogs. More information can be found here on the CNY SPCA’s website.