Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 21, 2012

15 neglected dogs taken in by AARF

ASHLAND — Several dogs found living in filthy conditions in West Virginia are now in the care of the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund.

Forty-six dogs and one cat were first found last week living in what was once a bar in an old hotel in Logan County, W.Va. The animals belonged to an elderly woman who was also living in the building.

“They were begging for help because the Logan County shelter was full, so we decided to take them,” said Cathy Queen, AARF volunteer and fundraising chairwoman.

She said AARF took in 15 of the rescued dogs on Saturday, but one of the puppies, Bonnie, passed away Monday morning. All of the animals were in poor health, and many had almost no fur because of parasites and diseases.

Pictures of the dogs can be seen on the group’s Facebook page, and to see the poor conditions of the animals is “just unbelieveable,” Queen said.

She said the dogs were bathed first thing after they were brought to the shelter, and even clean the dogs were still a sad sight.

“Some of the puppies were almost naked, they had no fur. When we gave them a bath the water was bloody because their skin was so eaten with fleas,” she said. “A volunteers, Krista Jolly-All, took care of the bathing, and she had never seen anything like it.

Not only were the dogs in poor health, but they had not been socialized.

“They’d never been around people. ... They’re slowly coming around. It’s just pathetic,” Queen said.

She said she hopes to continue to work with the animals and to help them find a good home.

Donations can be made to the Ashland Animal Clinic to help with vetting expenses.

SHANNON MILLER can be reached at smiller@ dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2657.

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