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Rescue organization in need of donations to help rehabilitate rescued Suwannee County dogs

Posted at 5:34 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 17:34:42-05

SUWANNEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The 118 dogs rescued from a home in Suwannee County are now embarking on a journey toward a better life, while their owners face dozens of felony animal charges.

Many of the dogs are already in rescue homes across the state, learning to regain trust and live a normal life.

Adoptions have come from as far as Palm Beach, but while the others wait in rescue shelters across the southeast, those organizations need donations to help them care for the dogs.

The dogs need everything from kennels and food, to toys and blankets.

Suwannee County Sheriff, Sam St. John, said it is an extreme case. Suwannee County deputies found all 118 dogs on Tuesday, living in a small fenced-in area and suffering from various medical issues.

"That's the heartbreaking part," St. John said. "The animals depend on us. It feels good to have their voice and speak out for them and get them help."

"When they get these dogs in, there is no shelter that is set up with the supplies to take in that many animals at a time," said Roxanne Spear.

Spear is the President of Rainbow's Edge, a horse rescue organization now working to help the Suwannee County dogs.

"We've got tons of cleaning supplies, flea treatment, towels," Spear said.

But, that's not enough.

Rainbow's Edge is accepting donations of any kind to help the organization care for these animals.

"These dogs probably don't even know what a toy is and what it is to play," said Spear. "Their conditions were so bad down there."

But with people across the state reaching out, their goal is to give every single dog a better life.

They'll be collecting products until Friday.