• Animal Hoarding Renders Historical House Uninhabitable in Pacific Grove

    On Wednesday, May 7, The SPCA for Monterey County rescued 14 dogs, four
    very young puppies and two cats from shocking, inhumane conditions
    in a Pacific Grove house.Dogs found in deplorable conditions

    According to the SPCA, the small residence was dangerously cluttered
    with piles of clothing, trash and garbage. The house was filled with
    feces and urine. All 18 dogs, including four very young puppies, were
    locked in three small back rooms, where the overwhelming stench of
    ammonia from urine caused difficulty breathing and made humane officers’
    eyes burn. The toxic conditions of the home were so extreme and unsafe
    that Pacific Grove Fire Department personnel strongly recommended that
    animal rescuers not return inside the house without protective equipment
    due to high levels of ammonia gas. During the search of the home some
    doors had to be forced open by rescuers because they were blocked by
    deep piles of feces and garbage.

    The house, designated as a historic home by the Heritage Society of
    Pacific Grove, has since been declared uninhabitable. Officials are not
    releasing the address as yet. In other cases where wooden floors have
    been repeatedly urinated on by pets, the wood becomes saturated and must
    be torn out.

    Photos, which are disturbing, are available here:

    The rescued pets are suffering from a variety of health issues including
    flea infestations, eye discharge, ear infections, hair loss, dental
    disease, eye trauma, overgrown toenails (one so long it had pierced and
    was growing into the pad of the foot), and overall lack of care. Some
    are underweight. Many of the dogs are not spayed or neutered and at
    least two of the dogs are pregnant.

    Other agencies involved include the Pacific Grove Fire Department,
    Pacific Grove Police Department, City of Monterey building inspector,
    and PGPD Code Enforcement officers.

    SPCA Humane Investigations officers are still investigating and will
    likely submit the case to the Monterey County Office of the District
    Attorney for their consideration of multiple counts of animal neglect
    under the California State Penal Code.
    Cedar Street Times, 306 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 9, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News


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