MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — The Idaho Humane Society (IHS) is asking for donations after rescuing 55 dogs and 3 cats from a small home in Mountain Home Thursday night. Police and shelter officials asked for help from IHS to provide veterinary care, food and shelter until the animals owner can be brought to trial.
Officials say the home is around 600 square feet in size and was in deplorable conditions. Mountain Home firefighters say they entered the home in hazmat suits and oxygen to air it out for IHS staff to enter.
"Fairly typically animal hoarding situation where you have a very large number of animals, in this case, small dogs housed in a very small space with lots and lots of debris, garbage, a huge accumulation of possessions basically up to the ceiling," said Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, Idaho Humane Society.
The Idaho Humane Society says it does not receive funding from cities or defendants for the care of the animals in these cases. IHS relies on donations to assist in the case of these dogs and cats until they receive permission from the courts to relinquish the animals or put them up for adoption.
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