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Hoarding rescue overwhelms animal shelter

Workers at the Franklin County Humane Society say they're slammed after taking in 30 dogs from one house here in Frankfort on top of a population that's already at capacity.

"They just want to be held. They're scared to death while you're picking them up, but once you're holding them, they just love it. They just want to be next to you," says Angie Stewart of the Franklin County Humane Society.

Animal Control removed 23 dogs from a house on East Main Street Tuesday, then removed more today for a total of 30. Angie Stewart says caring for the dogs has put a tremendous strain on the humane society.

"We spayed and neutered them yesterday. We heartworm-tested all the dogs. They've got all got their rabies boosters, de-worming. We've gone through some of our resources to make sure these dogs are taken care of," she says.

Frankfort Police says it's not yet clear if the woman who owned the dogs broke any laws. They say there's no law that limits the number of dogs someone can own. It'll be up to the Humane Society and Animal Control to determine whether the living conditions constituted animal cruelty. Some say laws need to be stiffer.

"We definitely need to push for an ordinance on dog hoarding. I'd urge people to try to urge your lawmakers to push for these laws," says Tanya Stevens of the L.I.F.E. House for Animals.

Angie Stewart says the woman deserves some credit for giving the dogs up willingly.

"She willingly signed all of them over because she knew that she was overwhelmed. I don't want to criticize her too much. She has some health issues and I believe at one time she did was right by these dogs and she's just gotten overwhelmed," she says.

Now as for the woman who owned all the animals, she's been allowed to keep one dog under the condition that they'll be back to check on it.


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