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Shelby Co. animal shelters full after dozens of dogs rescued from hoarder

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SHELBY CO., Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of dogs are adjusting to a new life after recently being rescued from a hoarder in Shelby County. 

"This is an extreme situation that occurs very rarely," said Louis Philpott, a board member for the Shelby Co. No-Kill Mission.

The Shelby Co. No-Kill Mission was full, and recently they took in even more dogs.  

"There were approximately 40 dogs taken from this hoarding situation. The owner passed away and they were brought into the shelter this week," said Philpott.

They had already taken in dozens of dogs from the same person.

"I think he started with maybe 70 to 80," said Ashley Shelburne, executive director of Tyson's Chance.

Local organizations like Tyson's Chance also stepped in to help.

Some of the dogs are underweight, losing hair and timid.

When the dogs were taken to the shelters, some were infested with fleas, had skin infections and were scared.

"They are so undersocialized that it's gonna be a long road for some of them getting adopted- others are ready to go as soon as they're vetted," said Shelburne.

Along with the Shelby County No-Kill Mission, Tyson's Chance also wasn't expecting the overflow of dogs.

They've had to transform the laundry room and bathroom into temporary housing for some of these dogs.

"Hoarding is, in their eyes, nobody can love these dogs like they can and it's very hard for them to part with them, the same as people who hoard anything, but it truly is a mental illness," said Shelburne.

The focus now is getting these dogs the medical care and attention that they need.

Officials are hopeful the community can help.

"The animals haven't had the love and attention that most animals have in the home, so socializing them is key to making them more adoptable and getting them out into permanent homes," said Philpott.

If you are interested in fostering a dog, adopting, or giving a donation to the shelters, contact the Shelby County No-Kill Mission or Tyson's Chance.

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