ALLEGAN, Mich. (WZZM) - A major effort is underway to help hundreds of dogs seized from an Allegan County home. Volunteers are working countless hours to help the animals found living in their own feces and some hadbroken bones. They were taken from a small home and moved to the Allegan County Animal Shelter.
For dog lovers like Kim Tolan it is a nightmare.
"It broke my heart and I couldn't just sit still. I had to come in and help," says Tolan. Tolan and her daughter are new volunteers joining about 150 others.
"We worked until 10:00 last night, woke up, and werecame backby 7:30 this morning," says Tolan.
"Its good to help, but it is sad," says Kim's daughter Abbi Tolan.
The volunteers are clearly outnumbered by 350 dogs taken from their owner on Monday.
"The dogs were dripping in urine when the owner picked them up and handed them to us," says Julie Kowal with Wishbone Pet Rescue.
One by one the dogs are shaved and cleaned. But both space and resources are often running low.
"There's no more hot water. We have to wait until the hot water heater warms up before we bathe the dogs," says Tolan.
Manyof the dogs are also still in need of medical help.
"A lot of them have eye issues, everybody needs to bespayed or neutered. Wehaven't even begun to test for heartworm yet," says Kowal.
The Allegan County Animal Shelter says anyone who wants to adopt can fill out paperwork immediately. The goal is to have all the dogs adopted in about two weeks.
In the photo gallery, you can see just a few of the dogs that will be up for adoption.
If you'd like to adopt or donate you can call the shelter at (269) 686-5112.
If you're interested in volunteering go to www.wishbonepetrescue.com. Then click on "how to help".