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Case ID: 16726
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Oct 28, 2010

County: Cumberland

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 3 files available

Abuser names unreleased

Investigators have shut down an animal rescue shelter in Camp Hill because more than a hundred cats and dogs were living in overcrowded and unhealthy living conditions, according to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

Kelly Hitz, a Humane Society spokeswoman, said nearly all of the animals removed from 1 Life Rescue have health problems, including distemper, parasites, and respiratory infections. Some were so sick that they had to be put down.

"Some of them were unfortunately far too ill for us to humanely treat, so they were euthanized," Hitz said.

Hitz said the owner of 1 Life Rescue will likely face animal cruelty charges. "If they would have reached out to us beforehand and asked for help, that probably could have been avoided," she said.

Hitz said she believes the owner simply tried to help too many animals.

"If you are someone with pets and it's getting out of hand for you, where you set out to help and do a good thing and it ended up getting out of control, call us before it becomes a bigger problem," she said.


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