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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SPCA Saves 48 Animals From Horrific Hoarder Living in Three Feet of Garbage

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Ready for a new bark
  • Ready for a new bark

Staff at the SPCA in Monterey County spent their Saturday night/Sunday morning rescuing a crowd of puppies, dogs, and cats from a home that was declared unsuitable even for humans.

Beth Brookhouser, spokeswoman with the SPCA, said the cops called in the animal rescue team at about 1 a.m. after discovering the homeowner had been living with 17 cats, 24 dogs, and seven puppies inside a urine-soaked home. The city has since declared the living quarters uninhabitable.

See Also: 51 Rescued Felines Are Enjoying Their Freedom (Video)

Ready for their own litter box - MONTEREY COUNTY SPCA
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  • Ready for their own litter box

No word on what happened to the homeowner, but SPCA officers worked until 9 a.m. Sunday rescuing the dogs and cats and bringing them to the shelter where they've been getting medical examinations, vaccinations, flea treatments, food, water, and the basic love and care every animal needs.

Sadly, the pets were suffering from a slew of health problems, including flea infestations, eye infections, painful dental infections, and skin infections. Many of the dogs are still covered in painful mats, urine stains, and fecal matter. Most of the rescued animals are emaciated and ready for a damn good meal -- or 10.

Ready for a haircut - MONTEREY COUNTY SPCA
  • Monterey County SPCA
  • Ready for a haircut

The good news is all of the cats and dogs survived and they are recovering from their health issues; they're eating like lions, enjoying fresh water, and reportedly making new friends.

All they're missing now is a safe and loving home. That's where you come in.

To put your name on a list of potential adopters or report animal cruelty, please contact The SPCA at (831)373-2631. All calls are confidential. To donate to the care and medical treatment of these dogs and cats and to help with the SPCA's rescue efforts, please call The SPCA or donate online at

If you can't welcome a new pet into your home now, the least you could do is buy them lots of house warming gifts via the SPCA's pet registry.

Now go hug your pet.

See more photos of the rescued pets on the next page

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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