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Suwannee County shelter faces overcrowding after animal rescue last week

84 animals were rescued from 'awful' conditions
Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 17:36:36-04

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. — Nearly 90 animals were rescued from a small mobile home in Suwannee County last week and taken to an animal shelter.

The shelter, already at capacity, now forced to take on even more animals.

"Once you got out of the car and start walking up you could smell the urine and the feces coming from the residence you know around the residence," said Suwannee County Sheriff Sam St. John.

50 dogs and 34 cats -- rescued from a small mobile home. Investigators say these animals were malnourished and living in awful conditions.

Now, they're facing another obstacle, overcrowding at the Suwannee County Animal Shelter.

"Our facility was already at maximum capacity and so we really had to do some significant rearranging in order to keep these animals away from the normal shelter animals for them to be addressed and assessed," said Holli Miller, volunteer at Suwannee County Animal Services.

Some of the animals were taken to nearby animal rescues to help relieve overcrowding. Unfortunately, Miller says rescues are facing over population problems as well.

"They actually could go to some rescue organizations now and continue that healing process if there are rescues available with overpopulation at other resources, it's a state-wide issue," said Miller.

Despite the influx, Miller says the shelter still has 20 cats and 4 dogs brought in following the case last week.

"The rest of these are set they are ready to go and we are looking for other rescue organizations to help," said Miller.

Miller says the animals have passed health assessments and are ready to be adopted into their forever homes.

Miller says the shelter's greatest need is litter and food.

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