Monday evening Fresno county employees confiscated more than 140 animals from Noah’s Friends Animal Sanctuary in Orange Cove.
“The animals are running loose, there is fecal matter, it looks like a typical hoarding case that if you were watching a show about hoarding, it is what it is and it is really really sad to see that”, says CCSPA spokesman Walter Salvari.
Three cats, the rest dogs, many found malnourished, some had humors, eye infections and lesions on their skin. Salvari says, “the neglect of no food, no water, we see skin conditions, we also notice a lot of have pre existing things like possible tumors, growths on the skin”.
Dog owners at the Fresno El Capitan Dog Park say that seeing pets in this bad of a condition, is hard to fathom.
“I mean they are supposed to be taken care of at a shelter and it seems like they are really not and people don’t understand the severity of the situation”, says Isaac Castanon who owns two dogs.
Kali Tarrant also has a dog, she says, “it’s crazy just to see because you never think of something that you have home everyday, looking like that and not doing everything you could”.
Neighbors we spoke to off camera say the people living at this property had good intentions, but that over time it got to be too much for them.
“This is a sickness for a lot of people, they want to help out but they are ultimately causing the problem”, says Salvari.
We’re told this case will be submitted to the district attorney shortly. CCSPCA officials say that each pet will cost between $85 dollars, upwards to thousand if they need surgery.
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