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More than 150 animals removed from home in Silk Hope

Local authorities remove animals from Silk Hope residence

Concerns over safety and well-being led to 150 animals being removed by Chatham County officials from a property near Silk Hope Wednesday afternoon.

On July 15, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 3180 Silk Hope Gum Branch Spring Road and discovered that many animals were in need of “urgent veterinary care,” according to Chatham County officials.

The animals were living in unsanitary conditions, according to authorities.

Chatham County Animal Services first were alerted of the situation after receiving a report that more than 100 cats and dogs were being kept in a small mobile home. Livestock were also not receiving proper care, according to the report.

During the search, authorities discovered more than 150 animals living in “unsafe and unsanitary conditions with untreated medical conditions.”

Some of the animals were taken to local rescue groups, while others were transported to an emergency shelter and are being thoroughly examined by teams of veterinarians and receiving necessary medical treatment.

Food and supplies for the animals is being provided by PetSmart Charities.

Chatham County Animal Services removed the animals from the property after the search of the property.

Animal services used the assistance of the Humane Society of theUnited States, RedRover, Horse Helpers of the High Country, Code 3, Wake County Animal Shelter, Durham County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Control Division, Red Dog Farm Rescue Network, PetSmart Charities™ and local veterinarians in the large-scale removal and rescue of the animals.

“I am relieved that we were able to come to the aid of these animals today. We have tried to work with the owner to ensure the proper care of the animals, but we reached the point that the animals had to be removed for their well-being,” Leigh Anne Garrard, director of Chatham County Animal Services, said,

Erica Geppi,North Carolinastate director for The HSUS said, “The collaboration among national and local groups inChathamCountytoday has saved numerous lives. We’re grateful to Chatham County Animal Services, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and all of the local rescue groups for stepping up to help these animals.”

Information on potential adoptions or donations will be provided by Chatham County once legal custody of the animals has been determined and they have received needed care.

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