50 dogs rescued from home in Alexander County; Animal Services said tenant was evicted and left dogs behind | Local News


At least 50 dogs were rescued from a residence in Taylorsville last week.

Alexander County Animal Services has been working since Nov. 15 to remove dogs from the residence, visiting the property daily. They were still working on treating the dogs on Friday, Animal Services Director Jennifer Sigmon said.

About 50 dogs have been removed from the house, Sigmon said. She added that the number could be higher. The exact numbers would not be available until all of the dogs were treated, she said.

The dogs were left by a tenant who had recently been evicted, Sigmon said.

The dogs were left in unsanitary conditions, with urine and feces accumulating, she said. Dogs are mostly large breeds. Sigmon said most of the dogs were surprisingly normal in weight, but a few were a bit thin. Animal services have contacted various animal shelters to help socialize the dogs and provide them with medical care.

Most dogs won’t be ready for adoption anytime soon due to lack of socialization and medical issues, but community members can help by donating food to the shelter, Sigmon said.

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to 116 Waggin ‘Trail, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Animal Services are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm.

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Jennifer R. Strohm