Dogs seized from Hancock Co. home awaiting adoption

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If you have room in your home and heart, you may be the perfect person to take in one of dozens of dogs recently seized from a home in Hancock County.

The 28 dogs were living in what investigators call "deplorable conditions."

"There were feces throughout the entire living area," said Jeff Leffel, director of Hancock County Animal Control. "Filthy. Filthy. If you took a white paper towel and rubbed it down their back dry, it would come back soiled."

Neglect charges have been filed against dog owners James Emerick, his wife Sherry and their son. Leffel says the neglect is the worst he's seen in the six years he's been on the job. He believes the dogs were the result of "accidental breeding."

"They had intended to get one of the females fixed and one of the other males got to her before they got to it and it just was a situation that got out of hand," Leffel said.

The dogs, including pit bulls, chow mixes and lab mixes, are at the Hancock County Animal Shelter, getting the proper nutrition and care while awaiting adoption.

"Just dying for affection, somebody to treat 'em right," Leffel said. "Everybody, for the most part, needed toenails trimmed, the bathing, all of them needed a bath."

All of the dogs have been seen by a veterinarian and treated for worms.

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