Victims of Animal Hoarding… AHS needs your HELP!!!

by | May 25, 2011 | KUWTR

I had seen this on the news last night and wondered how the HELL does anyone have 150 dogs and let them live like this!! I have 3 and have my hands full!! I wanted to share the info below because we “adopted” Zoey and Jax from AHS, so this has a little emotional tug to it! I know there is so much going on right now but if you can please click on the donate button below and make a donation to help 150+ dogs in need! Thanks ~ The Rheinlander’s

I received this email from AHS and wanted to share it with all of you…

Over the past few days, AHS has worked collaboratively with Bastrop County Animal Control to rescue nearly 150 severely neglected dogs from one Bastrop County home. The owners voluntarily agreed to surrender the dogs on Friday after stating they were ‘overwhelmed by the number of dogs on the property’.
Upon entering the home Bastrop County Animal Control Officers were greeted by a sea of eyes and an overwhelming aroma of feces and urine. The dogs were living in squalor and were forced to navigate mounds of trash and feces that stood several feet tall throughout the home. None of the dogs were vaccinated, spayed/neutered or had received proper vet care, and as a result, many are suffering from a variety of medical conditions, including skin conditions, malnourishment, open sores, weeping eyes and severely matted fur.

Smokey is just one of the 150 examples of the horrible effects of the neglect and deplorable living conditions these dogs were forced to live in. Rescuers almost overlooked poor Smokey thinking that he was a pile of scrapped carpet and feces, until he began moving and they realized he was actually a dog. Sweet Smokey, whose body weighs only 11 lbs, was covered in a crippling additional 10 lbs of dreadlocks filled with dirt and feces. After tedious grooming by AHS staff, Smokey is much happier , but he still needs sedation grooming by a vet in order to remove the mats that his skin has begun to grow over. Before grooming Smokey, our best guess was the he was some type of terrier mix, but after spending an hour and a half removing his horrific dreadlock “shell”, we realized he is actually an adorable Cocker Spaniel.

No animal should ever be victim of the kind of inhumane treatment these dogs have faced, and we need your help to give their story a happy ending. Bringing these neglected dogs into our shelter has doubled our normal animal population and placed a huge financial burden on our shelter. Please donate in whatever way that you can today to help us save their lives. We are in need of monetary donations, as well as medium, large and extra-large wire dog crates, medium and large animal carriers, and towels of all sizes. These items can be dropped off between 7am and 7pm at the shelter (124 W. Anderson Lane), and monetary donations can be made online at any time.

Please help now!


Disclosure:This is NOT a sponsored post I just wanted to share the info about AHS needing donations at this time!!  I was not compensated to write a positive or favorable review/post. This is Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s personal opinion.


  1. YUMMommy

    I feel so bad for those animals. I wish we could have a dog because I have been dying to adopt one from one of the local shelters here. However, Moo is mildly allergic. So, I guess a monetary donation will have to do.

  2. Shooting Stars Mag

    wow, this is crazy. I hate seeing these type of stories in the news. it’s just heartbreaking. and wow, that is def. a very upsetting photo. i’m so glad Smokey is doing better now and that they realized it WAS a dog and needed help. I can’t even imagine.

    -Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance

  3. Mikey

    That is insane! People shouldn’t take on pets if they cannot take care of them or there should be follow up program or fostering programs- even though they are “animals” they still have feelings and are a living being. Background checks to make sure that the family that is adopting them should be considered to make sure there is no prior history of animal abuse/neglect. It’s sad that the world has come to this, but in this day and age it’s just the way it is. Hopefully, parents today are raising their children better, to be respectful of all living things no matter how tiny they are. That is one thing I am instilling in my little guys. I am pleased to see that Smokey is doing much better now. Hopefully a nice home will be found with loving and understanding people who have the patience to accept and understand his prior situation and can offer the support that he needs. Great job on bringing this issue into light again and sharing it.


    p.s. Following you from Social Mom Site. Please come visit me too!

  4. MrsHillyG

    OMG, wow! I am sending this to my Mom – she has connections all across the US with people who can help.

    BTW, I’m a new follower from ‘I love my Online Friends Monday Hop’. I hope you’ll read some of the posts on the blog I collaborate on:

    I’ll be sure to help get the word out about this – I hope whomever did this to those animals is punished as if these animals were children!

  5. The Rheinlander's

    @YUMMommy Thanks so much for your donation!!

    @ShootingStarsMag & MikeyR Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments!! It means so much!

    @MrsHillyG Thanks so much for helping to spread the word!! It is so sad what has taken place here!!


    I just can’t even imagine what goes on in peoples minds when they hoard animals and don’t in any way take care of them. I feel so terrible for them. Thank you for shedding light on this issue. My dog is actually a rescue too, he is a special needs pit bull. I hope all these animals get the loving new homes they deserve as my dog did.

    PS. I’m a new follower from the Wednesday Hop, would love for you to stop by my blog when you have the chance and follow me at

  7. Cindy

    Thanks so much for hosting! Your newest follower,Cindy

  8. deanna

    new followerwww.deannalw.blogspot.comxoxoxo


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