Eddie Essig, Snoop Dog Extraordinaire, barked in to let us all know about some beagles who need some help…
Hi Joy, Eddie here ….
One of our Snoop Dog members, Baron barked this into out forum thread. 19 beagles were rescued when their owner passed away, and they were all living in squalor. Here is the news article. B.O.N.E.S. (Beagles of New England States) has taken them in and is providing them the neccessary medical attention and fostering and adopting them out.
Our Snoops “Wags to Riches” Animal Rescue Awareness Fund has donated $300 to B.O.N.E.S. to assist in their care. Could you please add this story to the Dog Blog in the hopes that others may donate to their care also?
Here’s the start of the article Eddie mentioned.
Squalid home of 19 dogs escaped notice
By SETH HARKNESS, Staff Writer
Staff photo by Doug Jones
LIMINGTON – Neighbors knew him as off-balance but friendly, a thin, white-haired man who camped out in his own driveway and liked to mow his neighbors’ lawns for free after he’d been drinking.
She was more of a puzzle, a recluse in her mid-50s who had retreated to an upstairs bedroom and almost never appeared outside the broken-down house they shared on Route 11.
But neighbors and town officials have learned far more about Ivory Goodwin and his live-in companion, Fern Perkins, since Friday, when rescue workers were called to the home after Goodwin’s death from what police said were natural causes. The crew found 19 beagles living in a house without running water, amid heaps of garbage, dangling cobwebs, and an overpowering smell of urine and excrement.
Two dead dogs also were in the house. Firefighters wore air tanks and breathing apparatus when they removed the animals from the building on Sunday.
The ramshackle red-and-white house, surrounded by yellow fire tape, is now empty. Most of the dogs are living temporarily with a Limington firefighter, with seven others in quarantine at the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook. All of the dogs are expected to recover fully, according to the town’s animal control officer, Jack Freitas. Town officials said the state Department of Health and Human Services is working to find housing for Perkins.
Around Limington, the incident has many people wondering how the apparently desperate needs of animals and people living beside one of the town’s busier roads could have gone unnoticed.
The town’s animal control officer and its general assistance manager said they had never visited the house or received any complaints about it.
“No one had any inclination that there was anything wrong in there,” Freitas said.
Neighbors said Goodwin, who was 64 when he died, never invited them inside his house and they didn’t realize how many dogs he kept.
Amber Randall, who lives across the street, described Goodwin as a good-natured man who always gave her 3-year-old daughter a few dollars on her birthday and frequently seemed to be intoxicated.
She said Goodwin relied on his riding lawn mower for transportation, driving down Route 11 to a nearby store to buy alcohol. In the summer, he lived in a small travel trailer parked in front of his house. Goodwin did not have running water, so he went across the street and filled buckets from his neighbors’ spigots.
Randall said she knew that Goodwin lived with his sister-in-law but she never had a chance to speak with Perkins. “I’ve lived here four years and I never saw her,” she said.
Another neighbor, Jennifer Lovering, said most of Goodwin’s dogs remained shut inside the dilapidated house, with tattered plastic stapled over the windows and “No Trespassing” signs posted outside. She said there was near-constant barking coming from Goodwin’s home but she had no idea of the size of his brood. “All I knew is he had a bunch of dogs and we never saw them,” she said.
Even Goodwin’s sister, Carlene Benton of Hollis, said she never entered her brother’s home. Benton said Goodwin was disabled and suffered from cancer. Perkins, she said, is the sister of Goodwin’s first wife, who died several years ago. She said her brother and Perkins chose to surround themselves with animals, but their home was not a welcoming place for visitors.
“You couldn’t go in the house, on account of the dogs,” she said. “They couldn’t even talk on the phone because the dogs were so loud.”
Lovering said she had long suspected that her neighbors needed help. She said the puppies Goodwin offered her always looked unhealthy and he himself smelled strongly.
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