PORTAGE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Portage County APL, Happy Trails Farm volunteers and Bird Nerds Rescue volunteers seized over 120 animals living in deplorable conditions.
The APL is now asking for immediate help to offset costs of such a large rescue.
"We are asking for donations to care for the 18 dogs, nine horses, 78 exotic birds and 23 chickens. Happy Trails Farm is caring for the horses and chickens until the case is concluded and The Bird Nerds are caring for the 78 birds. These cases can take months and the animals seized need a lot of care. All were in poor health and many were horrific to look at." says Chalan Lowry, Executive Director. "We cannot release any information about the case as it is confidential and we will not risk jeopardizing the outcome, but we can't wait for help to come."
Happy Trails Farm took on the nine rescued horses and 23 chickens, on top of the 28 horses already in their care. Annette Fisher, Executive Director, says that donations will help pay for vet and medical care, hay, grain, hoof trimming and other care.
You can donate to Happy Trails on their website, by calling the office at (330) 296-5914.
The Bird Nerds in Canton are a rescue group dedicated to rescuing and adopting out exotic birds. They took on over 80 birds from this rescue, and are in desperate need of funds to keep them fed. It takes hundreds of dollars a week to feed them.
Connie Phillips with the Bird Nerds is now caring for them, working to nurse them back to health.
"There was no food in any of their bowls. A majority of the birds didn't have water," Phillips said. "The feces was 12 inches high under the birds."
You can help the birds out by visiting their website or calling (330) 617-3557.
"Portage APL is grateful beyond words for the assistance we received from these rescues! Please help us and help them care for the animals we rescued. It will be very expensive especially for the horses and birds as they were in the worst condition." says Lowry.
This comes on the heels of another large seizure the previous week where many chickens and a dog, cats and rabbit were rescued. And some months ago the APL also removed about 37 dogs from one home.
Vetting and rehabilitating sick, malnourished, and neglected animals will take many resources and many months.
Phillips said she wants the person who neglected them to be held responsible.
"I never want to live through that again. That memory that day is forever etched in my brain," she said.