Brant County SPCA investigators have seized more than 80 dogs and two cats that were found living in squalid conditions in a Paris-area home last week.
Brandon James, an investigator with the Brant County SPCA, said more than 60 dogs and two cats were seized from a West Dumfries Road residence on July 17. Twenty more dogs were seized from the same home on Tuesday.
“The conditions were deplorable,” James said during an interview. “They were just disgusting. The dogs had matting and other health issues. I have been (working at) the Brant County SPCA for 10 years and this is the biggest dog removal I have done in this county.”
James said the SPCA received a tip from a resident, which led investigators to execute a search warrant at the home.
“As soon as we entered, we knew they were under distress and we removed them from the property,” James said. “The dogs were a mix of Maltese and Yorkies and they range from puppies to 16 years old.”
James said the dogs were taken to a local groomer, where they were shaved and bathed to remove feces from their fur.
“We made sure to deal with anything we could,” James said. “We are assessing them for their health problems.”
James said the Cambridge and District Humane Society is currently caring for 33 of the seized animals, while the remaining dogs and two cats are under the care of the Brant County SPCA.
“Some have also been given to volunteer foster homes,” James said.
West Dumfries Road residents Darlene Dougherty and Marshall Dougherty are each charged with causing distress to an animal and failing to comply with the standards of care under the provincial SPCA Act. Darlene is also charged with failing to provide medical attention.