43 dead dogs found in Delaware home, 31 severely neglected animals seized

- Thirty-one dogs and one cat are in the care of a local shelter after being seized from a Delaware home.

After receiving a tip about a property with neglected animals in the Seaford area, Delaware Animal Services (DAS) executed a search warrant on Sunday, October 8. Authorities discovered approximately 43 dead dogs and took into custody another 32 animals, including 31 dogs and a cat.

The 32 surviving animals were transferred into the care of the Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) at the scene.

Of the animals seized, five dogs in stable condition were immediately transferred to the BVSPCA Georgetown Campus for evaluation and care. The BVSPCA also took 27 severely ill animals for emergency veterinary care, where one had to be euthanized.

All surviving animals, who suffer severe emaciation, along with other medical issues resulting from their neglect, are now being cared for at the BVSPCA Georgetown Campus.

The investigation is ongoing, with charges forthcoming from the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare (OAW).

The dogs include a variety of small dog breeds, such as Bichon Frise, Shih-Tzu, Pekingese and terriers, along with two standard poodles. They range in age from two to 10 years old.

“Conditions at the property were horrific,” said Adam Lamb, the CEO of BVSPCA. “It’s remarkable to see how friendly and trusting these dogs remain after everything they’ve been through. We’re doing everything in our power to help them recover and hope to have the opportunity to help them find loving forever families.”

The BVSPCA is asking for the community’s help meeting the significant cost of medical care for the survivors.  Donations can be made at www.bvspca.org/seaford32 or by mail to: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947.

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