Humane Society removing 120 dogs from Vinton County property

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More than 90 dogs remain on a property in Vinton County. 

The Fairfield Area Humane Society has already removed 23 from the home. Now, they are working to get ten adopted.

Corey Schoonover is the Executive Director of the Fairfield Area Humane Society.

He said he received a call about a woman needing help with her dogs in Vinton County. He thought there would be 30 to 40 dogs, but they found at least 120.

“I was expecting the worst,” said Schoonover. “I was expecting something pretty bad,”

Schoonover said that is not the case.

“It’s not one of those horror stories that you see on TV with dead animals, and just living in their own filth, and starving to death that’s not what this is.”

He went on to say this wasn’t a puppy mill or neglectful hoarding situation. He claims the owner and her husband were taking care of the dogs, but he died in May.

“It started as a good deed, and dogs were getting dumped.”

He added it had been going on for years.

“It can happen with dogs or cats. Someone sees someone that takes care of animals, then they become the new dumping ground, and I think this was that situation.”

Now, these dogs are looking for a new home.

Schoonover told NBC4 the facility can only hold so many animals. So until the ones here get adopted, the rest will remain on the property.

“We’re making sure they’re being taken care of where they are and as people come adopt and we get these dogs placed we will go get another group.”

Right now, to help speed up the process up, the Fairfield Area Humane Society is cutting the adoption fee in half for all dogs excluding puppies. Schoonover says it’s the best way to quickly get these dogs a new home.

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