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23 Dogs collected in Rowan County hoarding case

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Animal care workers call it some of the worst conditions they've ever seen.

Thursday they rescued more than 20 dogs from a Rowan County home they say was filthy.

Now, a veterinarian is working to get those animals back to good health.

A complaint sends police to a Rowan County trailer.

With iPhone video in hand, they find a woman hoarding animals.

23 dogs were all found living in one trailer and we're told the conditions were unlivable for the woman or her pets.

The animals were taken to an animal care facility in neighboring Fleming County.

A vet says they were starving, dehydrated and scratching themselves until they bled.

Doctor Saresh Kampoli is now caring for the animals.

"They are anemic. Some have bone problems and some have back problems."

Then there's mange and bone disease.

Dr. Kampoli says, "These dogs are literally in a concentration camp."

The animals are being quarantined right now. Dr. Kampoli has been taken care of animals for nine years and he's never seen anything like this before.

"This is an atrocity. This is the worst animal cruelty I have seen in my life."

All of these dogs have a long way to go, but they have now taken their first steps on the long road to recovery.

A volunteer group called "Star" hopes to raise $5,000 for the dogs' care.

Police say they're investigating this hoarding case, but so far no one has been charged.


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