At the end of May, animal control officers responded to a complaint about a woman who had been observed stomping on a dog’s head at a home in Erie, Pennsylvania. When they arrived, no one was home, but the conditions that they observed were horrific enough to justify getting a search warrant. When they were finally able to enter, they found 47 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens living in terrible conditions as well as suffering from infections and fleas. They also found one deceased cat on the premises.
The case was so bad that the Erie Humane Society had to be completely closed the next day to make room and time for the 47 animals to be examined and cared for. Because there is an ongoing investigation, none of the animals are adoptable yet. However, you can support these animals by donating to the Erie Humane Society or ordering from their Amazon Smile wishlist.
Nicole Leone, Executive Director of the Erie Humane Society, described the conditions that the animals were in: “They’re horrific, completely unsanitary, there was no room to walk (inside the home) a lot of the animals were living in crates and being fed their food through a crate. They’re caked in feces, there’s pounds and pounds of feces and urine throughout the entire house, it’s terrible.”
The worst part might be that this could have been prevented. The woman was investigated for a similar hoarding and neglect case involving 23 dogs in 2010. She should have received mental health help and not been allowed to get any animals. Sign this petition to demand that the authorities in Erie, Pennsylvania work together to ensure that this woman cannot own or be responsible for animals and work to get her help.
To continue speaking up, sign these other petitions as well:
- Stop Convicted Animal Abusers from Adopting Pets
- Take Animals Away From Animal Abuser
- Classify Animals as “Sentient Beings” With Legal Protection in the EU
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