Bethel Animal Neglect Case Updates

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What We Found

On Saturday January 4th we responded to a dire hoarding and neglect situation here in Clermont County, and our all-day efforts turned into a late-night rescue. Our staff, along with All Dogs Come From Heaven Rescue, worked late into the night removing dogs, cats, guinea pigs and ferrets from a home. There are several horses and more cats and dogs still on-site. We’ll be returning over the next several days until all the animals are rescued to safety. In total there are more than 50 animal’s who need help.

A very special thanks goes out to our community rescue and shelter partners for assisting us with intake of animals. We wanted to get as many out as we could and there was no way we could do it all on our own. When we realized the magnitude of this situation, we put out calls and our friends from All Dogs Come From Heaven, League for Animal Welfare, Brown County Humane Society Dog Shelter, Animal Friends Humane Society, PAWS of Dearborn County, Fighting Chance Rescue 501 c3, Majestic Farm, DASH Animal Rescue and All Creatures Animal Hospital all answered our call, helping to assess and absorb this large number of animals! And we’re in contact with several other rescues who may be able to assist with the others that still need placement.

How You Can Help…

  1. DONATE! Many of the animals need critical medical care. In addition to donating to Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, please consider contributions to any of the groups that are helping by taking in animals from this situation: All Dogs Come From Heaven, League for Animal Welfare, Brown County Animal Shelter, Animal Friends Humane Society (Butler County), Fighting Chance Horse Rescue and DASH Animal Rescue in Columbus.

    Make a Donation

  2. FOSTER OR ADOPT! We need dog, cat and horse fosters and adopters so that we can make room for the animals coming in and keep our population manageable for our staff and volunteers.

    Foster an Animal

  3. VOLUNTEER! We are going to be at capacity the next few days. Help, especially in the morning for dog and cat care, will be crucial.

    Become a Volunteer

Thank you Clermont County! We are proud to be a county working together to keep all our animals safe.

Update January 16, 2020 7:48 PM

Bethel Neglect Case Lil Mustard
Sad Update: One of the German Shepherds has passed away. Lil Mustard was an older female who spent about a week with us before moving on to a great rescue group. She spent her last days in a home where she was very loved. Her foster family rushed her to the emergency clinic when they noticed something was wrong but by the time they arrived, it was too late. We don’t know exactly what happened but we suspect, like most of the dogs, she was in poor health.

Out of 24 dogs removed from this situation, nearly all have severe health concerns including being excessively underweight or excessively overweight. They are all in desperate need of dental care and at least 6 have tumors (that we know of) that we have sent out for testing. We have 3 at Eastgate Animal Hospital right now for surgeries to remove tumors and for other health concerns associated with being so underweight. Dentals are on the horizon!

In addition to health concerns, the Shepherds are struggling mentally. Most are scared and disoriented. The good news is that all but 5 have been transferred to rescue groups and we can assure you both in rescue and at Clermont Animal CARE, they are being worked with daily to build confidence and overcome their trauma.

These health and mental issues are consistent with the 21 cats and 6 horses as well. We have several cats receiving treatment for a variety of ailments and many are very scared. If you’ve been following Fighting Chance Horse Rescue, you’ll know Skip and Josie are dealing with both physical and mental issues that will take time to heal.

So as tough as it is to see all the animals in such poor states of physical and mental health, we hope that you will join us in feeling relief that they are all getting the care and attention the deserve at Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society, @alldogscomefromheaven, Brown County Humane Society Dog Shelter, League for Animal Welfare, @DASHanimalrescue and @fightingchancerescue. All the animals are progressing and we will do everything we can to make sure they have the positive outcome they deserve.

Thank you to everyone who has been following this situation! Your support is incredibly appreciated!

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Update January 10, 2020 5:06 PM

Bethel Neglect Case German Shepard Update Photo #1
Bethel Neglect Case German Shepard Update Photo #2
Bethel Neglect Case German Shepard Update Photo #3
After removing the animals from the property, our new focus has been their care. Eastgate Animal Hospital staff visited our shelter to provide veterinary exams for all the German Shepherds (GSD) on-site. Many are excessively thin and multiple have health ailments that will need long-term care.

The GSD’s have been staying at Clermont Animal CARE but also, with All Dogs Come From Heaven Rescue and Brown County Dog Shelter. The report from all 3 locations is varied when it comes to temperament. All the dogs are very sweet, but some are taking longer to come around than others. A few have come out of their shell but several remain very nervous and skittish. In addition to medical plans, we will begin behavioral work as well.

Update January 9, 2020 7:00 PM

Bethel Neglect Case Horse Update Photo #1
Bethel Neglect Case Horse Update Photo #2
Bethel Neglect Case Horse Update Photo #3
The two thoroughbreds removed from the location are doing well at Fighting Chance Horse Rescue. The male, Skip, has some health issues that are most likely due to standing in the small porch he was kept in. He is very skittish and difficult to handle. He is also very bonded to the female, Josie. Josie is less concerned with Skip and seems to be more independent. She has a gash on her head that needs medical treatment and both horses are looking forward to a ferrier who can care for their hooves. Overall, they’re in great hands! Fighting Chance has also taken ownership of the other 4 horses on the property, so we will update as soon as we can.

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Update January 5, 2020 10:22 PM

Bethel Neglect Case All dogs Removed from Property
The 24th and final dog to leave the property was as scared as the rest of them. Patience and compassion were shown by our staff and volunteers with every dog and every animal.

Update January 5, 2020 3:23 PM

Bethel Neglect Case Last 2 Horses Saved by Fighting Chance Rescue
Got them! The last 2. Thank you Kim and the Fighting Chance Rescue 501 c3 team! Caring for horses is expensive. Please consider making a donation to Fighting Chance to help with the care of the horses they took in from this hoarding case.

Update – January 5, 2020 10:51 AM

We believe we are covered now for transport, but are so incredibly grateful to all who have offered assistance. We are collecting contact information for anyone who is willing to help us in the future so that we can reach out as needed. If you’d like to be added to our database of those who can assist with animal transport, please send us a PM.

Thank you to everyone who’s offered to assist with the horses! Our priority need is for adopters and fosters, but there are other ways you can help. We’d like to get all animals off the property today, and could use halters, leads, transport and food. And financial contributions to help with food, basic supplies and medical care are always needed. If you have a trailer and our able to help transport TODAY please contact us at the shelter (513-732-8854) and ask to speak with our Director of Lifesaving Programs.

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To ensure that we can continue providing exceptional service while keeping people safe during the coronavirus outbreak, we have modified our operations to require an appointment for all shelter services. Please call the shelter at 513-732-8854 to schedule an appointment for an animal adoption, drop off or pickup. Appointment are scheduled every half hour between Noon - 4:00 PM, seven days a week, and our phone lines are answered 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day. For after-hour emergencies, call 513-732-2231.