UPDATE: 9/7/12 @ 10 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – A shelter that rescued dogs from filth is working to keep them alive and find them homes.
Dozens were found living in an abandoned hotel in Logan several weeks ago.
Many were adopted, but some are still in need of a safe and loving home.
The dogs belonged to an elderly woman who was staying in what was once a bar in the Yuma area of the county.
The building had no bed, electricity or running water.
Twenty of those dogs were taken in by the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund.
AARF director Dave Gillum says thanks to the no kill shelter's volunteers most of the dogs have come along way and are ready to be adopted.
Volunteer Krista Jolly-All says their shelter is overcrowded, and maintaining it is like a full-time job.
"We're always overloaded,” she said. ‘We're always trying to save more animals. We're always going above and beyond, and so at times it all gets a little taxing for us. We all work full-time jobs. We don't get paid."
To learn more or find out how to help you can go to the group’s Facebook page.
“The lady started out with like three or four dogs. This is the result,” said Debbie Lee, a volunteer with SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia).
Forty-six dogs and a cat were discovered by the property's new owner. They belonged to an elderly woman who was also staying in the building with no bed or running water.
“I love animals. I've got them. I could not stand the thought of mine living in this, let alone my mother or grandmother. How could you let a family member live here?” Lee said.
The woman is said to be staying with family. Meanwhile volunteers like Lee are working to find homes for the animals.
“Our main priority is to get them in a home, a rescue, foster, adoption; anything that we can make sure they are safe,” Lee said.
The problem is the pound is full and finding places for them to stay is no easy task.
Some volunteers, including Becky Adams, are opening up their own homes and adopting a dog.
“I don’t understand,” Adams said. “It’s sad that somebody could be up here in this condition and nobody even know about it.”
SAFE, along with the Humane Society and the property's owner, all say they need help from law enforcement. As of Friday afternoon, they still had not received that help.
If you would like to help the animals find homes, you can reach SAFE through its Facebook page. You also can call the Logan County Dog Pound at (304) 752-1876.
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