In her 21 years of animal rescue, Kathy Jeanneault said it was the worst case of animal neglect she had ever seen.
All Heart Pet Rescue in Powassan rescued six dogs that were in “horrible shape” from a home near Brantford on October 5.
The animals – 47 dogs, three cats and a turtle – were discovered in a home in Burford on October 2, after the man living there was taken to hospital by ambulance and later pronounced dead, according to CTV Kitchener .
Jeanneault and her daughter, Maddie, were among the animal rescues contacted to help with the rescue operation.
“We could have taken more, but I didn’t want to take more than I could properly handle,” Jeanneault told The Nugget on Saturday.
“The dogs lived in their own filth for three years, never seeing the outside world. They all walk like eggshells under their feet as some had thumbnails and the ground was covered in excrement,” she said.
“I haven’t seen such a serious case in 21 years. It was a love affair with dogs that got out of hand. I’m sorry for the extended family involved. They had no idea.
Jeanneault said the dogs had bite marks, sores, infected ears and the female dogs had been mated multiple times.
She said three-quarters of dogs’ bodies are hairless due to a flea infestation that has been treated.
“I have to make them medically and emotionally healthy first. But yes, of course they will eventually be adopted.
CTV Kitchener said Hillside Kennels Animal Control, near Woodstock, had been contacted to help with the animals.
“Without going into gory detail, none of the dogs had been out for at least three years,” said Cassia Bryden of Hillside Kennels Animal Control.
Bryden is also the founder of Sato Saved End of the Line Dog Rescue and Rehabilitation. She said many of the animals were traumatized, starving and sick, according to CTV Kitchener.
“Combat wounds of different weeks and degrees of healing. Some of the dogs have skin like leather,” Bryden said.