UPDATE: Seaford man arrested in connection to neglected dogs case
A Seaford man is facing over 400 charges, after authorities say he was arrested in connection to an incident where over 70 animals were found to be neglected, in Sussex County.
The Division of Public Health (DPH) Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) says on Friday, Donald Eilander, of Seaford, was arrested after 32 neglected animals were rescued and 43 animals were found dead at a property, in Seaford. According to authorities, Eilander is facing 449 charges including felony animal cruelty. He is currently out on bail following arraignment, in Georgetown.
OAW officials report that over 70 animal were found to be neglected at the Seaford property, on October 8. Investigators say the majority of the animals were severely emaciated and malnourished. One of the rescued animals reportedly had to be euthanized after being rescued from the horrible living conditions.
"The inhumane conditions that we found the animals in was absolutely appalling and is inexcusable. It's a miracle any of the animals survived, and we are grateful we could get there in time for those that needed help so desperately," says Chief of Delaware Animal Services Mark Tobin.
The 31 rescued animals are currently recovering at the Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown campus and will be placed for adoption once they are fully recovered and medically cleared, officials say.