The last of our five new dogs from the Lakewood "House of Horrors" case is all cleaned up and ready to start his life over again.
Red, a young golden retriever mix, had quite possibly the worst of the coats to clean up. Because his hair was a bit shorter, the feces and filth that he was living in for god only knows how long, had practically become embedded in his skin. Again, it took several hours to remove all of the mats and feces from poor Red's body, but boy, is he feeling like a new dog. Of course, he won't be winning any beauty contests right now, actually, none of them will, but their hair will grow back clean and healthy in no time.
We have taken in many, many groups of dogs and cats over the years from terrible situations of neglect, abuse, and abandonment, but this is probably one of the most neglected groups we have ever seen. It is devastatingly heartbreaking to imagine what these dogs went through, and for how long they lived in the horror that they were existing in. With feces and garbage covering the floors, walls, and ceiling of the house in Lakewood, NJ that these 40 dogs were living in, it's a wonder that they aren't even worse than they were. We are so happy for them all, that they are free of that living nightmare that they called home for so long.
Our two boys, Red and Dewey, ventured outside today for a quiet walk and to check out their new, safe surroundings. The boys have no idea how to walk on a leash, and it seems as if they may not have been outdoors in a long, long time. They enjoyed the new sounds and smells around them but were still so nervous with the idea of being on a leash that is connected to a person. What all five of our new dogs have in common is that they do not have a mean bone in their bodies, and while they are quite terrified and nervous, they are never aggressive at all. They love people, they just need to learn how to relax around them and realize that they're safe and cared for. They will all need a couple of weeks to settle in and get used to their new lifestyles before they are ready to meet potential adopters.
Now that the grooming of our Fabulous Five is all done, we are nearly starting from scratch with grooming supplies. We literally went through at least 10 grooming blades, two clippers (at $150 each!), dozens of towels, nearly a gallon of hypoallergenic shampoo, and more. If you would like to help us to replenish our supplies, please check out our Amazon Wish List.
We also need lots of blankets for all of our new dogs, and also puppy pads and blankets for our special needs pets as well. Any amount donated is greatly appreciated.
We will update again soon on Red, Dewey, Nanni, Jolene and Connie. Thank you all so much for your concern and support.
Read the complete story of the Lakewood hoarding situation and the dogs rescued.
Take a look at Red in his August 4th Update!