UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Anita Stevens-Swan Humane Society is reporting that the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office had to assist with the rescue of at least 23 animals last week after their owner passed away.

It is unclear at this time what caused the death of the owner, but when rescuers and the Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene they found 18 dogs, (including 1 deceased), one horse, several donkeys, and 3 cats living without any human supervision and conditions were described as “deplorable.” Human Society staff worked into the late evening removing all the animals from the property. In total, 18 dogs and 3 cats were taken to their facility.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has found a home horse and the donkeys, and several other animals are being treated for possible dehydration. One of the rescued dogs, a Labradoodle, did not survive the first night. The results of a necropsy are still pending, but it is believed this may be due to a lack of food and water before being rescued.

Currently, all the animals have been bathed, groomed, spayed/neutered, and seen by a veterinarian.

The remaining animals we have are as follows

  • 4 labradoodles (3 male, 1 female 2-3 years old)
  • 8 small mixed breeds (4 males, 4 females ranging in age from 2-10 years old)
  • 1 husky* (male 5 years old) & 1 shepherd* (female 5 years old) **must be adopted together
  • 2 cats (10 year old female, 6-7 year old female American Curl)

If you or anyone is interested in adopting, you can fill out an application on the Anita Stevens-Swan Human Society website and set up an appointment. Please write which breed/gender you’re interested in in the “name” field.