- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SANDYVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - The Jackson County Animal Shelter is seeking help to care for about 135 dogs, many of which were ill or injured, that were seized from a woman’s home.

Authorities removed the dogs from the home in Sandyville on Wednesday and took them to the shelter. Some were being housed in a nearby barn owned by the county, media outlets reported.

The dogs’ water bowls were covered with bugs, their food was moldy and their fur was matted with feces, police and shelter workers said.

“When you walked in her house … the smell of urine and ammonia, it would just knock you out,” Jessica French, a shelter worker, told the Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1rPjI0u ) . “There was feces all over the place. She was living there too - even in her bed where she was sleeping, it was puppies on top of dogs, dogs on top of dogs, dogs trying to breed while we were there.”

A majority of dogs had health problems, said Brianna Idleman, a veterinarian with Ripley Paws.

“Eye problems that hadn’t been treated, very long nails, mats on their rear ends full of feces. Some of the dogs couldn’t defecate appropriately because it was all covered up,” Idleman told WOWK-TV (https://bit.ly/1E4wpJE).

Most of the dogs were small breeds, including pugs, Pomeranians and Yorkies.

No charges have been filed. Police have not identified the woman.

The seizure was prompted by a video of conditions in the home posted on Facebook by Mike Spencer, who went there intending to buy a puppy.

“When I seen these poor little dogs with feces just matted up into their fur and everything, it made me sick, and it made me mad, how someone can treat all these animals like this,” Spencer told WSAZ-TV (https://bit.ly/1E4wayu).

Jackson County Humane Officer Sheila Chambers said she was appalled when she saw the video.

“When I first saw the video, I said, ‘That’s it, we’re going,’” Chambers told WSAZ-TV.

The shelter is looking for volunteers to provide foster care for the dogs. Shelter workers say they also need dog and puppy food, food bowls, bleach and blankets.

“We are going to need a lot of help volunteer-wise, food-wise, really anything. Crates even, or a kennel or something to help these animals,” Chambers said.

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