Nineteen dogs have been released to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter after they have been rescued throughout an animal management raid from a Billings man’s property.
Michael James Bigelow, the person accused of killing and ravenous greater than a dozen dogs, has pleaded not responsible to 4 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, and two different counts of cruelty to animals.
Shelter staff say the sudden inflow has them scrambling to look after the pets in want of latest, secure houses.
“There were five, I want to say five adults, and the rest were all puppies,” stated YVAS shelter clinic supervisor Tiffany Smith.
The house owners of the seized dogs gave permission Friday to launch the dogs: “That means that we can proceed with adopting them or getting ready for adoption,” Smith stated.
The 14 puppies are presently in foster care. “They’re just going to be there for probably a couple more weeks until they’re a little more stabilized,” Smith stated.
Since arriving on the shelter, the dogs have obtained medical care and grooming, one thing that was a lot wanted.
“We saw a lot of intestinal parasites, some of the Komondors had a couple of teeth removed. We removed a mass from the Great Pyrenees. We had to spay and neuter everybody. Everybody got the full works for vaccinations,” Smith stated.
Smith believes the dogs have been stored chained up outdoors and alone. The dogs are nonetheless getting used to socializing, however there’s hope socialization will come sooner quite than later.
Some of the dogs have been prepared Friday to discover new houses.
“We have four of the adult dogs that get to go up for adoption, which is really exciting,” Smith stated.
The shelter wants the neighborhood’s assist to look after the dogs, particularly since extra are coming from the property Monday. “We’re not quite sure how many will be coming, but we always have to be prepared,” Smith stated.
They’re hoping for provide or financial donations, and even volunteers.
“We have one of the smallest staffs in the state of Montana for animal shelters so when we get a case like this in, it’s all hands on deck,” Smith stated.
Not all animals have been rescued from the property simply but.
Sarah Shipman lives shut by; she stated, “It hurts my heart to know those horses have been suffering, and the dogs, and all the animals out there for that long.”
As a board member of Draft Horse Rescue, she’s been keeping an eye on the five horses that remain on the property. She even spoke to one of the owners of the animals about the fate of the horses.
“I said I wanted to offer a place for them to go, to re-home, and she said she already has somebody planning to pick them up,” Shipman stated.
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