ENGLEWOOD - 30 animals, including, dogs, cats, and birds have been rescued after living in squalor inside an Englewood home.
Volunteers with Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary (EARS) took the animals, which are now being prepared for foster families and adoptions. There are 20 cats, 7 dogs and 3 birds.
"This is one of the worst cases we have ever seen," said Bobbi Austin with EARS.
The pets were living inside the home on Kilborne Avenue. An elderly woman owns the house. Volunteers say the home is in deplorable shape. All of the animals were full of fleas when they were discovered. Also discovered were some dead animals, including a parrot, hamster, fish, and ferret.
"It was like her family. What I cannot understand is how she could let them starve to death," said Austin.
Volunteers found out about the case from one of the homeowner's friends. The friend did not want to be identified, but she told us something had to be done.
"Am I proud of what I did? In a way, yes. I want these animals to have a good life like her. I want them to be happy and healthy, just like I want her to be," said the homeowner's friend.
The homeowner is currently in the hospital suffering from a broken wrist and some respiratory problems, according to her friend. She is said to be upset over her pets being taken away.
"Right now, the pets are going to be put aside so we can evaluate them. Eventually, they will go up for adoption. Since we are a no kill, they will all be adopted one way or another," said Austin.
If you would like to learn how you can adopt one of the animals, or become a foster parent, please contact EARS at, (941) 475-0636. The Sanctuary is also looking for volunteers and funding to support the new additions.