14 severely neglected dogs rescued in Millsboro
On Wednesday, November 23, Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare officers say they were able to rescue 14 severely emaciated and neglected dogs from a Millsboro property.
Delaware Animal Services, the state’s animal control and cruelty enforcement unit, reports that it received a tip concerning several neglected dogs, as well as dogs running loose in a wooded area. Officers were able to obtain a search warrant and found several emaciated dogs that needed immediate medical attention, along with four dead dogs on the property. The property was described to appear neglected, and there was no evidence of food or water for the animals. The DHSS release explained that the several of the dogs had injuries from trying to escape their confinement, parasites, and other advanced signs of neglect. The dogs were all taken to an emergency veterinary hospital for urgent care. Officers say that some dogs who were not confined on the property had to be captured over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“This is one of the worst neglect cases we have seen. It was obvious that the dogs had not received any care in a long while, and the conditions in which they were kept was appalling… This case involved a tremendous amount of teamwork and we want to thank the Good Samaritans who first reported the case and the Sussex County Constable Office for assisting in the initial hours of the incident. We know the dogs are in good care now at Brandywine Valley SPCA,” said Chief Mark Tobin, DAS investigative supervisor.
Atwood Timmons II of Millsboro, was arrested on November 25 without incident on 18 charges of animal cruelty and multiple other charges concerning housing, care, rabies vaccination, and dog licensing violations. Timmons was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and unsecured bail was set at $60,000.
Officers say that all of the dogs are getting medical and rehabilitative care at the Brandywine Valley SPCA.
“These dogs will have a long road to recovery ahead of them,” says Adam Lamb, Chief Executive Officer of BVSPCA. “We are committed to providing individualized care to each one of them. That may mean extensive medical treatment for serious conditions associated with long-term neglect, psychological rehabilitation, or training to prepare them to live in a home environment. Whatever they need, we will provide it. If anyone would like to contribute to the animals’ rehabilitation and care, call Brandywine Valley SPCA at 302-516-1006.”
Lamb went on to explain that many of the dogs will need “around-the-clock care and intensive therapy for heartworm.” More tests are being conducted to better find out what kind of care these dogs need, as some cannot even walk. Shelter medical staff say that most are alert though, and they hope they will make a full recovery. Along with physical injuries, Lamb also stated that many of the dogs are scared and will need to be taught how to re-socialize. The main goal is to find every one of these dogs the loving forever home that they deserve.
To report possible animal cruelty, contact the Delaware Animal Services 24-hour hotline at 302-255-4646. Delaware Animal Services enforces animal cruelty, animal control, and rabies laws within the State of Delaware.