UPDATE: Rescue Groups Pull Dozens of Dogs from Mobile Animal She

UPDATE: Rescue Groups Pull Dozens of Dogs from Mobile Animal Shelter

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MOBILE COUNTY -

New developments in a bizarre animal hoarding case in Wilmer. Rescue groups are desperately searching for temporary homes for more than fifty dogs that were pulled from the animal shelter to make room for the new ones.

Officials say 33 dogs and 5 cats were taken from the Wilmer home on Friday, but one of the dogs was pregnant and gave birth to five puppies over the weekend. Authorities say there was no furniture in the home, and the floor was covered in feces and filth.

"They took all the dogs they took all the cats, and they said they're going to come back tomorrow and get my chickens!" screamed a furious Patsy Lee to the news cameras. "I just got my chickens! I just paid for them chickens."

Patsy Lee was quite upset for several reasons. Authorities took dozens of dogs and cats from her home, then put her daughter Polly Hopper in jail for animal cruelty.

"They took one dog that I paid $600 for and they took her! I just paid 600 dollars for that dog!" said Lee.

Meanwhile, rescue groups have been working around the clock pulling dogs from the shelter to make room for the new ones.

"It was pretty much a crisis," said Dusty Feller, Vice President at SouthBark. "Because they legally have to hold the dogs, so all the adoptable dogs have to be out their kennels in order to make room. So we all know what that means, and unfortunately in situations like that, they do have to euthanize in order to make space."

The Mobile County Animal Shelter is already at full capacity.

"For the ones that came in, we have a separate kennel for them" said County Humane Officer Carmelo Miranda. "They're on a legal hold. They could be on legal hold for 20 to more days depending how fast they get in front of a judge for a hearing."

Authorities called the house in Wilmer a "hoarding" situation, and suspect some of the dogs may have been stolen from other owners. Nicole Vickers just saw her dog for the first time in five months, but can't claim her yet.

"I miss her. The whole family misses her," said Vickers. "We want her back so bad, and I understand that we have to wait for the legalities to go through and everything, but the wait is hard."

Groups like SouthBark and SHACK are looking for temporary foster homes until they can find the animals a permanent one. They say a lot of the animals have already been claimed by people out of state, like Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

If you're interested in donating to help take care of the animals' boarding and veterinary costs, or fostering a pet, contact SouthBark at:

donate@saveasoutherndog.com

foster@saveasoutherndog.com

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