GEORGETOWN, Del. - It's one of the worst animal neglect cases SPCA Georgetown has ever seen.
43 dogs were found dead on a property in Seaford and another 31 severely neglected dogs are currently at the SPCA Georgetown getting much needed love and care.
"To see such a large volume of animals in such terrible conditions is really just shocking," says SPCA Georgetown's Director, Walter Fenstermacher.
Annabelle and Turtle are just two of the 31 dogs who were living in those appalling conditions.
As you can see they are missing some fur and are extremely malnourished.
Turtle can't even walk properly.
As bad as that is they looked even worse before being rescued by animal welfare.
"All of the pets are emaciated. Unfortunately they have been dehydrated so were giving them fluids, were giving them treatments you know they're feeling a lot better. We've actually groomed them some of the the pets were so severely matted that they couldn't move their legs were matted together."
But to everyone's surprise these dogs are already trusting and loving again despite their condition.
"Well thankfully the pets you wouldn't expect to be very friendly or to trust humans but these pets have been very warm to us they want to be pet so that's really great to see that they're responding so well."
And we got the chance to see their love firsthand, Annabelle wouldn't leave my side.
But there's still a long road to recovery ahead of them.
"We really need to get them in a position to be spayed or neutered so they need to gain weight. Quite a few of these animals are skin and bones so we do need to get them healthy before we can place them into new homes."
The investigation is still ongoing so the details are scarce, but things are looking up here at the SPCA in Georgetown who are getting the care they need.
SPCA tells us some of the dogs could be ready for adoption as soon as next week, while others could take longer.
Although in order to provide the care these dogs deserve SPCA is asking for the public's help.
Donations can be made at www.bvspca.org/seaford32 or by mail to Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown.
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