TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Weeks after first responding to a suspected animal hoarding situation, West Valley City Animal Services believes they have finally captured all the impacted pets.
Crews said they were trapping and catching dogs up until last week, bringing the total number of rescues to 146.
The effort initially began at the end of August, when Animal Control discovered more than 100 dogs living in a “horrendous situation,” after neighbors complained. Some people living nearby said they have been concerned about an overwhelming smell at the home for years.
Animal Services employees put food in traps for the dogs. Early, they were catching up to eight or nine dogs a day. After seeing a veterinarian, all of the dogs were then placed in rescues, where fifteen have been adopted.
West Valley City Animal Services Director David Moss said the response from community partners, rescue and foster organizations has been great.