By Thomas Hoffman
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Dogs who lived on top of each other “in indescribable chaos”, denounces the 30 Million Friends Foundation. On Thursday October 20, 2022, several of its members intervened accompanied by the municipal police and the association Volunteer Animal Brigade (Bab) to rescue 58 dogs and a rabbit crammed into an unsanitary house in Val-d’Oise.
The case starts in July following a worrying report to the Bab for a couple who would be the victim of a possible noah syndromea mental disorder that is manifested by the fact of accumulating several animals at home without being able to house, feed and care for them properly.
An investigator from the Bab is sent on the spot. If the owners refuse to let her in, she sees in a kind of shed several dogs living in deplorable conditions.
“It is neither a life for them nor for the animals”
The municipal police are then alerted, an agent going on the spot with the investigator of the association. If they are still not allowed to enter, they see about forty dogs visibly suffering from malnutrition and wading in their excrement.
By dint of discussion, the owners agree to give up their animals, understanding that it is a life neither for them nor for the animals.
The Bab is however unable to take care of so many animals. The volunteers then start looking for associations, “except that finding one in the middle of summer, not complete, is almost mission impossible, especially for so many dogs”, continues the Bab.
It was in September that the volunteers finally got a positive response. The 30 Million Friends Foundation agrees to collect all the animals.
On October 20, members of the foundation and the Bab come to the house. The discovery of the place shocks them. “As soon as we entered, our teams noticed a real dump instead of the garden. Radiators sat next to the carcasses of three cars under rubble. The place was a veritable playground for rats and dogs,” says the Foundation.
Inside, dozens of dogs were found in a sorry state moving about as best they could amid feces and urine-soaked newspapers. A rabbit being found locked in the toilet as filthy cages overhang the bed. The smell there was hard to bear.
The rescue operation will last six hours. The animals having all been transferred by their owners to the 30 Million Friends Foundation.
Although the latter were not mistreated or beaten, they nevertheless suffered from parasitic problems. “Some have gum problems, holes in the hair. One of the dogs couldn’t see anything. Another had a fractured jaw…”, continues the Foundation.
Social services contacted for landlords
Taken to one of their shelters in Saint-Hilliers (Seine-et-Marne), the dogs had to be cared for, sterilized and treated. Work was also planned with the most fearful before they are put up for adoption.
Regarding the owners, if the Foundation reserves the right to file a complaint against them, it does not intend to overwhelm them, stressing that this is “an animal drama but also a human one”, notes the foundation preferring that the name of the municipality is not communicated. “We contacted social services so that the people who kept the animals would also be taken care of,” concludes the Foundation.
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