Dogs Rescued From Inhumane Conditions in Portsmouth

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SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- No food, no water, oppressive heat.

All three of those conditions were found in a Portsmouth mobile home that was packed with animal cages.

Eighteen dogs had to be rescued, earlier this week, and not all survived.

"It was worse than a pig pen with 150 pigs," said Dean Vastine. He's a kennel worker with Shawnee Animal Clinic who worked on the rescue. "It's the worst thing I saw in my life, it makes you feel like crying."

The person who owned the dogs was 85 years old, living in squalor.

"I don't know how she could breathe" said Dave Gowdy with Sierra's Haven, a no-kill animal shelter, just north of downtown. "It's a sad situation when people have no family. I think she relied on these animals to fulfill that empty gap. She thought she was doing the right thing but when you get right down to it, she was making these animals suffer more than she was doing for them."

No one is currently living in the trailer, that was filled with feces.

As of now, no charges have been filed.

The dogs could be available for adoption as early as Monday, June 18, 2011. Contact the Scioto County Dog Pound for more information.

The number is 740-353-8802.

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