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Bethune woman hoards 74 dogs in home, surrenders all to rescue

Bethune woman hoards 74 dogs in home, surrenders all to rescue
Updated: Jun. 30, 2018 at 5:32 PM EDT
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This pictured dog is just one of 74 dogs that were hoarded in a Bethune woman's home in Kershaw...
This pictured dog is just one of 74 dogs that were hoarded in a Bethune woman's home in Kershaw County before being surrendered voluntarily into a rescue's custody. (Source: WIS)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Bethune woman hoarded 74 dogs of varying ages in her home for years before voluntarily surrendering them to a Kershaw County rescue group.

Fostering Foster Animal Rescue received the call and found out that some of the dogs had been there for years with the oldest dog estimated to be around 10 years old and the puppies being as young as one week.

"When we walked up to the home, the stench just kind of hit you in the face," Andrea Walker, Director of Fostering Foster Animal Rescue said. "The house was covered in urine, covered in feces."

Fostering foster took in all of the dogs Friday afternoon and now they're in need of a loving home.

"There's no way that one single person can take care of that many animals," Walker said. "She did a great job feeding them. They're in great flesh, they're healthy, none of them are underweight, but just from providing medical just for routine veterinary care, just being able to clean up behind that many animals, it's impossible for one person."

All the dogs are mixed breeds including Chihuahua, Papillon, Affenpinscher, and Maltese mixes.

Fostering Foster Animal Rescue also had a veterinarian come and check out each dog to make sure they were in good condition.

Other animal rescues who partner with Fostering Foster Animal Rescue already took some of the dogs, including 20 dogs on Friday to one shelter and 37 other dogs on Saturday that went to an animal rescue on Pawleys Island.

"Glad we can help. Glad we're coming up to take some of them down because Fostering Foster does an incredible job as it is, but this is a big load so anytime we can help move them around and rescues can share the load, it's a good thing," Roger Johansen, a volunteer with All 4 Paws Rescue at  Pawleys Island said. "Dogs. They give unconditional love. I mean, why wouldn't you be here to help them out? That's why you do it."

The woman who hoarded the dogs voluntarily asked for help and is not facing any criminal or civil charges in relation to this incident.

If you'd like to adopt or foster one of the remaining dogs, you can visit Fostering Foster Animal Services Facebook page or contact fosterfoster@yahoo.com or call (803) 900-0369.

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