PAWS RESCUES ANIMALS FROM HALIFAX NEGLECT HOME
PAWS RESCUES ANIMALS
FROM HALIFAX NEGLECT HOME
The day after Christmas PAWS volunteers and Humane Police Officer Ron Hollister rounded up and rescued 18 cats, 3 ferrets, 1 dog, 1 turtle and 1 rat from the Halifax home where parents are facing criminal charges for allegedly abusing and neglecting their three children.
The animals were surrendered to PAWS. All have received a medical exam and are being treated for issues resulting from various stages of neglect. The ferrets were transferred to Forget-Me-Not Ferret Rescue and the turtle is being cared for by a reptile rescuer.
The cats, dog and rat were examined by Dr. Samantha Slenbaker of Hershey Veterinary Hospital, Hershey, PA. The animals were found to be in fair condition. They had a combination of fleas, intestinal parasites and ear mites. In addition, many of the cats are sick with upper respiratory infections.
Once the animals complete medical treatment, are spayed/neutered and have fully recovered they will be available for adoption through PAWS.
"PAWS is dedicated to helping animals in need and these animals clearly needed intervention. We went into the situation not knowing what we’d find since the reports on the children were so horrific. PAWS will make sure the animals receive the necessary medical treatment and they will be available for adoption as soon as Dr. Slenbaker clears them," Kathy Fitzkee, PAWS president.
Humane Police Officer Ron Hollister coordinated the rescue. "The condition of the residence was deplorable. Animal abuse in the form of neglect is often one of the first indicators of distress in the household. I encourage anyone to report suspected neglect. In this instance it may have prevented the suffering and abuse of the children," says Hollister. To report suspected animal cruelty contact your local humane society, police department or call the statewide animal abuse hotline, toll-free 866-601-SPCA.