A Brantford woman who helped authorities recover more than 52 dogs that lived inside a small house in Buford, Ontario, in early October, hopes that most of the rescues can be adoptable through a rehabilitation process.
Cassia Bryden, operator of Brantford’s Sato Saved End of the Line Dog Rescue, is optimistic that there will be a positive outcome for many who leave the residence near Brantford in different states of trauma, including illness and starvation.
“Obviously with 52 dogs, there is a possibility that some of these dogs cannot be rehabilitated and I am a realistic person,” Bryden told CHML 900. Good morning hamilton.
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“But right now, I am hopeful that at least 50 or 48 of them will be adoptable in time and we will find forever homes.”
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) initially said they had counted about 40 canines in the home when they responded to an ambulance call for assistance at the residence on October 2.
In a press release Wednesday, OPP said officers and paramedics discovered the situation when they entered the home to help a man they found unconscious.
He was later transferred to the hospital and declared dead of natural causes.
Bryden, who also works part-time for Hillside Kennels Animal Control in Innerkip, Ontario, on weekends, says they got the call early Oct. 2 from police requesting assistance.
The kennel staff were unprepared for what they found, according to Bryden.
“Many of them had even been biting themselves for several years, so they were missing hair on the middle of their bodies,” Bryden said.
“Basically anywhere their mouths can go. They have no hair. “
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In total, staff found 52 live dogs in the home along with four cats and a turtle. Three dead dogs were found.
Once authorities got the surviving owner to agree to surrender the pets, the recovery process took days.
“The dogs kept going off and on and it was like, ‘Oh my God, this is crazy,'” Bryden said.
“How come all these dogs got into this little house?”
Over the next three days, 17 dogs would be brought back to Hillside, with the Sudbury Pet Reserve tasked with sending the rest to a pair of Quebec facilities for more specialized rehabilitation rescues in North Bay, Ontario and Montreal.
Bryden says that in addition to treating skin conditions, many of the dogs will have to be trained as puppies, as many are not house-trained, do not trust people, and are not used to walking on a leash. .
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“They’ve been in this house and they’ve never been outside for three or four years, so it’s almost like someone came out of a detention center,” Bryden said.
“You know, they come out of there and they have no idea what’s going on in the world.”
Through a Facebook fundraising effort, Hillside raised about $ 18,000 in costs associated with rescuing and caring for the animals.
Bryden said those efforts have now been redirected to a GoFundMe campaign to cover an estimated $ 800 to $ 1,000 in medical expenses for each dog.
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