On Friday, September 17, the New Hampshire SPCA Field Services Division assisted Police in seizing Twenty-Nine Purebred Dachshunds and one Pomeranian from a home in Deerfield, NH. The dogs were living in their own filth in an overcrowded residence.
“Some of the dogs were living in an outbuilding in the back yard,” said Steve Sprowl, Field Services Manager for the New Hampshire SPCA. “The rest were loose inside the home. The whole place was covered with animal waste and fleas.” The owner, George Ditson of Deerfield has been charged with fifteen counts of animal cruelty. All 30 dogs have been voluntarily surrendered.
Upon arrival at the NHSPCA, the dogs were examined and were found to be infested with fleas and were treated for flea bites and parasites. They required a deep cleaning and were severely under-socialized. Two of them had visible wounds from being bitten by the other dogs. Of the thirty, there were two litters of puppies and one adult female that has since given birth to only one surviving puppy. They have received heartworm testing which was negative and rabies and distemper shots. Some of them have now been spayed or neutered and microchipped and will be ready for adoption as early as today.
“One of the challenges with these dogs will be their lack of socialization,” said Jen Corbin, Director of Animal Services at the NHSPCA. “They are shy and will need adopters who will spend time with them to help overcome their timidity. But they have already improved so much in the short time that they’ve been here.”
Potential adopters are advised that while the dogs have been found to be generally good natured, due to their lack of leash manners, under-socialization and shyness, they would not be recommended to be in a home with small children. In addition, the dogs, which range in age twelve weeks to four years old, will be behaviorally more like adopting a puppy. They will need to be housebroken and trained to interact appropriately with their new family. We suspect that they would benefit from living with another socially confident, stable dog.
The agency currently has over 70 dogs and literally hundreds of cats in our care. Adopters are encouraged to come in and check out all of the available animals.
The New Hampshire SPCA is asking the community for their support in caring for these and other rescued animals. Individuals and companies wishing to help with the food, supplies, medical treatment, etc. can make a tax deductible contribution to the NHSPCA. Donations should be directed to the SOS Fund and can be made via the web site at www.nhspca.org, by phone at (603) 772-2921, x106 or by mail to SOS Fund, PO Box 196, Stratham NH 03885.