Animal advocates spent eight hours bathing and caring for dozens of animals that were removed from a north Macon house Thursday.
The new Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Shelter was already nearing capacity when 34 animals in varying states of health arrived from a house on Glenbrook Road.
“This is an incident that has struck all of us very hard, and we’re working hard to find placements and adoptions for them,” said Sonja Adams, interim director of the shelter.
Authorities got a call Thursday from a concerned neighbor after Lisa Ann Murray, 47, and Stephen Darrell Jones, 54, had been jailed since Tuesday on charges related to squatting at that residence and another house nearby.
Animal Welfare workers had to wear breathing tanks to protect them from high levels of ammonia in the house, where about 50 animals were recovered, including a handful that had already died.
People are encouraged to adopt available shelter animals to ease overcrowding and preserve resources with this influx of dogs and cats.
Foster homes are also needed for animals still in a seven-day hold.
“The outpouring of support from that animal advocacy community has been overwhelming,” Adams said. “We continue to field dozens of calls, emails and Facebook messages asking how people and organizations can help in this critical time.”
Anyone who can adopt or volunteer to help care for the animals is asked to call 478-621-6791.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.