Last month, four AHS employees assisted Asheville Animal Services in liberating 55 frightened, under-socialized, urine-burned, and feces-matted Shih Tzu/Poodle mixes from a north Asheville home. The smell of ammonia from years of urine and feces buildup soaking and encrusting the walls and floors was overwhelming.
A few medically-critical dogs were rushed to nearby veterinary clinics for emergency care. The others were brought to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter where AHS staff and volunteers worked long into the night to help them. For the dogs' health, mobility and comfort, they would all need to be shaved. Over the course of the next week, staff and volunteer-groomer extraordinaire, Sharon, shaved, bathed and groomed each of the matted Shih-Poos. However, we were not allowed to treat even some critical medical concerns until we received legal authority or custody of the dogs.
Finally, on April 15th we received the long-awaited news that the owner had agreed to relinquish ownership of all but 4 of the dogs to AHS. The remaining dogs not relinquished will stay under the custody and care of AHS, and their status will be determined through continuing legal efforts.
Many of the dogs are still in need of medical treatment and now that they are completely in our care, we can give them what they need to thrive in a safe and healthy environment. Please consider donating to help the Shih-Poos on their journey to a normal, happy life!