A lucky dog is home for the holidays after spending five years living in severe neglect on an Adams County property.
The chocolate lab was chained near the front of the property when Humane Society officials rescued 166 dogs and cats earlier this month. His chain had become tangled in the rotting deer carcass that served as his only food source, according to the HSUS You Tube page.
After scanning his microchip officials discovered the chocolate lab had a name – Chuckie – and a family in Indiana. The Humane Society captured the sweet reunion on camera.
The family never knew what happened to Chuckie after he went missing five years ago, said HSUS spokesperson Stephanie Twining
Animal rescuers scanned all the animals’ microchips, but so far, Chuckie is the only lucky pup with a match, according to Twining.
Some of those 166 dogs and cats found neglected and living in deplorable conditions will soon be up for adoption.
The Cleveland Animal Protection League and Toledo Area Humane Society took in some of the animals Tuesday, Twining reports.
Another group will head to the Wood County Humane Society on Wednesday.
The animals should be up for adoption by January, Twining said.
The mixed-breed dogs and cats were rescued from the Mount Unger property after authorities suspected a neglect situation earlier this month. Many of those dogs were forced to scavenge their meals from rotting deer carcasses, HSUS officials said.
The animals, ranging in age from adolescents to seniors, lacked even basic care.
Dogs and cats were found underweight, suffering from untreated wounds, broken bones and severe eye, skin and ear infections, according to the Humane Society.
“These dogs and cats were in a terrible situation – the owner had too many animals and was unable to provide adequate care,” said Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director for The HSUS.
None of the rescued animals were put down.
The cats and dogs not transported to the shelters will remain at a temporary shelter in the care of the Humane Society.
The Adams County Prosecutor’s office is reportedly looking into charges against the property owners.
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