Stratham, NH – On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the New Hampshire SPCA assisted the Hampton Police Department in rescuing 20 dogs and a bird from a home there. Sixteen of the dogs were voluntarily surrendered while the owner has requested the return of four others. Those remaining four will remain in protective custody while the legal system sorts out their fate.
The Hampton police force contacted our investigator on Wednesday May 13. Our investigator and two staff members accompanied the police to the home, where the dogs were found.
When the animals arrived, they were examined by our staff veterinarian and appeared dirty and heavily matted. Other medical conditions were also noted but more information needs to be discovered. The dogs were of various small breeds and their ages cannot be precisely determined but all were confirmed to be adults. Those needing medical care have already begun receiving it and those that are ready will be spayed or neutered and placed for adoption.
Under normal circumstances, taking in 20 adult dogs in one day would be challenging. But in the era of COVID-19 our circumstances are anything but normal. We are working without the assistance of our volunteers and with less staff available. Regardless, these dogs, now out of harm’s way will be provided the highest standard of care and a lot of love.
The New Hampshire SPCA is required by law to keep the four dogs, that have not been surrendered, to be held as evidence, until the court determines next steps.
If you would like to help with the cost of care and to help insure their recovery, please make a tax-deductible contribution to the SOS FUND by going to www.nhspca.org. Gifts to the SOS Fund can also be made by phone at 603-772-2921 x 120 or by mail: New Hampshire SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.
For further information about the case, please contact the Hampton Police Department.