In a shocking display of animal mistreatment, an RSPCA inspector discovered over 80 dogs living inside a ‘filthy and cramped’ Birmingham home.
You might think being surrounded by little pooches in the comfort of your own home is a dog lover’s dream, but there’s, you know… boundaries.
Stuffing these chihuahuas inside a tiny little home is detrimental to their health and development.
In total, 82 pups were rescued from the Washwood Heath home on a calm Sunday morning back in April 2017.
The incident will now be detailed as part of Channel 5’s new series The Dog Rescuers, hosted by Alan Davies, the Birmingham Mail reports.
RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal said:
When I arrived at the property I found 82 dogs inside. They literally started appearing from everywhere.
We would move the washing machine and suddenly there’d be six faces looking at you. It was incredible where they were able to hide.
The house looked like an earthquake had hit it, everything was higgledy piggledy, it was really chaotic and dirty.
We called out a vet who said the house was too hazardous and the dogs couldn’t stay there, it was filthy and cramped. They were all hiding; barking and snapping at us.
Police launched an investigation after finding out a woman who lived at the property had died.
We didn’t finish work until 11am the next day!
The woman and her husband, Stephen, had started out with two pet chihuahuas – Blue and Tinkerbell.
Unfortunately, they didn’t get their dogs neutered and four years later, they had 82 dogs!
This was a classic hoarding situation but it was clear the couple had loved their dogs and things had simply got out of hand.
We worked with Stephen to renovate and clean the home while we cared for the dogs. We returned four of the dogs to him and rehomed the rest
Two of the dogs that went back to Stephen had serious behavioural issues and were extremely aggressive and unhappy.
We were seriously considering our options with them because they were completely unhandleable. But when we returned them to him they were like different dogs and were so much happier.
Boal hopes the Channel 5 show will show people the importance of neutering their pets as to avoid unwanted pooches by the dozen.
This was a really sad case but it was also a really memorable one for me due to the sheer number of dogs involved.
I really hope we can use this story to make it clear why it’s so important to neuter your pets.
Not only to avoid unwanted litters but also to avoid inbreeding which can result in serious health and behaviour problems in puppies.
Look guys, the more dogs the better. Everyone knows that, just not in these upsetting circumstances.
The chihuahuas’ story will feature in episode four of The Dog Rescuers on Channel 5 at 7pm on Wednesday June 27. Don’t miss it.
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