Animals rescued from a hoarding situation in Monterey the week before were available Sunday for adoption into new homes, according to the Monterey County SPCA.
Police called in the SPCA on April 28 to rescue 48 animals found at a home in Monterey, including 17 cats, 24 dogs and 7 puppies that were being kept in unsanitary conditions, according to spokeswoman Beth Brookhouser.
The house where the animals lived was three feet deep in garbage, urine and feces, Brookhouser said. City officials have since declared the house uninhabitable.
The rescued pets were suffering from flea infestations, eye infections, dental infections, and malnutrition. Many of the dogs were covered in matted fur.
The SPCA later rescued five additional cats and found the remains of two cats and one small dog. The total number of rescued pets now stands at 22 cats, 24 dogs and 7 young puppies.
Many of the animals were available for adoption as of Sunday, but adopters needed to agree to bring the animal back to the SPCA upon request if needed to be reexamined in connection with the cruelty case, Brookhouser said.
In addition, potential adopters need to understand that the animals have been through a "horrific" situation and will require positive behavior training classes, housetraining and veterinary care.
Not all of the animals have been released for adoption yet. Nine cats, two dogs and the puppies are still recovering from their experience.
The SPCA was also asking for help Sunday with feeding and treating the rescued animals.
Donations can be made online at www.spcamc.org, or by calling the shelter directly at (831) 373-2631.
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