by: Diana Davis Updated:
HALL COUNTY, Ga. - The Hall County Animal Shelter is trying to find new homes and care for dozens of dogs seized from a Hall County home.
Sixty-seven dogs were taken, three other dogs were found dead.
Officials with the Hall County Animal Shelter told Channel 2's Diana Davis caring for so many dogs at once has created a burden.
The dogs were seized from a home in north Hall County off Bogus Road after neighbors complained.
Four people on the property were charged with hoarding.
"There just wasn't enough food and shelter for that many animals," Cindy Langman of Hall County Animal Control told Davis.
The shelter would not let Davis inside to see most of the dogs because they were still being processed.
Animal control said those charged were not professional breeders or trying to sell the dogs for profit.
"Because the animals were not spayed or neutered, I think it was just a matter of accumulating over a period of years," Langman said. "The dogs, I'm sure, did not have any types of vaccinations or any type of vet care so it was a big concern."
Langman said three of the dogs were found dead. The others were dirty and flea-infested. Not so much a case of abuse, but neglect.
Hoarding is a misdemeanor in Georgia. If those charged are found guilty, they face up to two months in jail and $1,000 fine.
Rescue groups and the Hall and Atlanta humane societies have taken some of the dogs. Hall County said caring for so many of the other dogs has strained its system.
"It's a big burden in Hall County. We take in 700 to 800 dogs so this just adds to the problems we have here and overpopulation in Hall County," Langman said.
If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, you can call the Hall County Animal Shelter at 678-450-1587 or call the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 770-532-6617.