MSPCA-Nevins Farm Teams with Springfield Shelter to Rescue 33 Animals from Hoarder

March 30, 2012

Boston, Mass., March 30, 2012 – The MSPCA-Nevins Farm joined Springfield’s Thomas J. O’Conner Animal Care and Adoption Center the night of Feb. 10 to rescue 31 dogs and 2 cats from a filthy, overcrowded house in Springfield, Mass.  The conditions at the home were deplorable: twenty nine of the dogs—purebred Miniature Pinschers—were housed in small crates in the home’s basement.  Two other dogs, both Belgian Tervurens, were roaming outside.  Two cats were also living inside the home.


The Springfield Police Department had earlier responded to a domestic disturbance call at the home, only to discover the huge number of animals kept inside.  The city of Springfield issued an order to clean and sanitize the home and turned to T.J. O’Conner for help.  The owner voluntarily surrendered the animals to T.J. O’Conner, who took in the majority of the animals while the MSPCA-Nevins Farm took in eight of the dogs—all Miniature Pinschers.  The MSPCA-Nevins Farm has already found permanent homes for all but two of the dogs.

 A rescued Miniature Pinscher, one of two remaining at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm, enjoys a frolick in the grass (photo credit: Dog Breath Photography)


Animals in Poor Condition Require Veterinary Care

All of the animals that were surrendered have health issues that must be addressed before they can be placed into permanent homes.  Most of the dogs are suffering from external and internal parasites; are underweight; and are beset by eye ulcers, skin infections and dental disease.  Both the MSPCA-Nevins Farm and T.J. O’Conner are committed to providing the care that all of the animals need in order to heal and go on to be adopted. 


Said Mike Keiley, Director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at MSPCA-Nevins Farm: “This is another in a series of extreme hoarding cases we’ve seen in the last year.  Our primary concern upon arriving at the property was to get all of the animals out of their desperate situation and to assist T.J. O’Conner Animal Control and Adoption Center in finding them permanent homes.  I’m confident that our two organizations can provide the veterinary care (and socialization) that these dogs and cats will need before all of them are adopted.”


The MSPCA-Nevins Farm will announce adoption availability for the remaining animals in its care in the coming weeks.



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