ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – The Humane Society of Huron Valley will be running an adoption special next week in an effort to make space for some recently rescued animals.

More than two dozen animals were taken from a home Friday where conditions were described as “deplorable.” The animals include 15 dogs and puppies, eight chickens, five rabbits, multiple reptiles and several other animals of varied species, including hedgehogs.

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Matthew Schaecher, Chief Operating Officer at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, said the homeowners claimed to be “rescuing” the animals, but investigators believe they were actually involved in a breeding operation.

“The home was… not suitable for people or animals,” Schaecher said in a statement. “It seemed some of the dogs were used for breeding. They claimed to obtain many of the animals off of Craigslist to rescue them.”

A report will be handed off to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s office to determine if any charges will be filed in the case.

“This is yet another warning that whether you are looking to rehome your pet or are looking to adopt, the Internet is a risky place filled with deception,” Schaecher said. “Using the Internet to search is great, but we want to remind folks that it is very important they see the home where the animals are coming from or going to.”

Tanya Hilgendorf, the society’s CEO, said unfortunately, situations like this are on the rise.

“The number of troubled individuals fraudulently calling themselves a ‘rescue’ is growing exponentially,” she said. “Once animals are placed in a bad situation, they have no way to voice their need for help. They are completely vulnerable, so extra caution is critical.”

To help make space for these animals who will need extra time for medical and behavioral treatment before being available for adoption, HSHV will be running an adoption special on all current adoptable adult dogs. Starting Monday, Dec. 1, all adult dogs will be $50 off until further notice.

Those interested in aiding the efforts to care for and rehabilitate these animals and other victims of cruelty are encouraged to find more information at www.hshv.org.

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