Animals still remain at Chambers County home following hoarding case

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In a now abandoned property on County Road 105 in Chambers County, animals still roam the premises after.     

“We just want to make sure that they are not left out here with nothing.. That’s not fair,” says Hannah Hilderbrand with Big Valley Animal Rescue.

Hilderbrand assisted in the removal of cats and dogs from an animal hoarding case at a Chambers County home in April where authorities pulled nearly 100 animals.

She says the majority of those animals met a sad fate.

“A lot of them were put to sleep, and whatever was remaining, we were actually able to take.”

Hilderbrand says that a month after the seize, animals still remain on the property, and that the owner is worried about those left behind.

“He was actually concerned because no one was going to be here to take care of them or feed them, so he contacted us to see if we could assist in finding them, getting them vet care and finding good homes.”

Hilderbrand says she comes out to the empty camper looking for the remaining ten cats and two dogs.

She says the animals that have been left out here are actually not safe, and still somewhat in danger as the home is infested with fleas, and just a few steps walking around, they start covering your feet.

“We want to get them vet treatment, because everybody is going to need some. We hope to get the dogs adopted out. Our partner rescue in Illinois that took all the other dogs originally have said they would be glad to take these.”

Hilderbrand says after speaking with the owner, attempting to care for the stray animals is what brought on the hoarding situation that eventually led to the loss of his wife’s toe.

Still, in leaving the home, it appears the owner made feeding the remaining animals a priority.

“Trash and stuff pulled out.. Rotten food.. Bags of food where the man, before he left had cut open bags of food so that they would have something to eat..”

Hilderbrand says she will work until the remaining animals are recovered and receiving proper care.

News Three is working to learn if any charges have been filed against the owner.

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