ok – The Humane Society of Tulsa responded to a call Monday from a concerned family member about a hoarding situation at a home in rural Osage County.
They were able to meet the owner of 131 dogs and cats, who volunteered to hand them over to them.
On Wednesday, the Humane Society of Tulsa dispatched seven workers in three vehicles to remove 50 dogs and 81 cats. The entire removal process took about four hours.
Humane Society of Tulsa transportation coordinator Lawrence DePriest described the scene as overwhelming.
“All the animals were in kennels and crates, and so were the dogs,” DePriest said. “They had cat rooms built into the garage, so there were a lot of free-roaming cats in the garage and in the house.”
DePriest says the animals sat in feces and urine. While you will see several hoarding cases each year, this one was a bit unusual in that the animals were kept in a compact area.
He says the dogs were fed very well and he says this is not a case of intentional abuse.
“It wasn’t an ideal environment, but it wasn’t intentional cruelty,” DePriest said.
Many of the dogs suffer from arthritis and some of the dogs and cats are obese.
After medical and behavioral care, the animals are available for adoption in Tulsa. Some are also sent to emergency shelters in Virginia.
The Humane Society of Tulsa is asking for donations to help the animals in their recovery.
Donations can be made on their Facebook page or by calling the Humane Society of Tulsa.
Senior food and warm blankets are also needed.
Calls to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office to see if the owner faces charges have gone unanswered.
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