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German shepherds rescued from "hoarding situation" in an Oxford home

Around a dozen German shepherds were found in a home last weekend in Oxford, some of the dogs were turned over to a rescue facility in Indianapolis.

Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 6:24 PM
Updated: Jun. 6, 2018 6:25 PM

OXFORD, Ind. (WLFI)-- Around a dozen German shepherds were found in a home last weekend in Oxford, some of the dogs were turned over to a rescue facility in Indianapolis.

German Shepherd Rescue Indy originally took in a few of the dogs from the woman's home. The rescue owner received emails including pictures of the animals in cages, as well as being mistreated. She took actions after getting approval from a family member.

Amber Marks said German shepherds aren't an easy breed to take care of. At her facility, she takes care of the dogs on her own.

"I had to get a U-Haul and load it up with crates and drive an hour and a half you know," Marks said. "An hour and a half of my day is a lot because that's a lot of kennels, and I could be cleaning or finding homes, and I usually don't take cases like this."

After responding to a family friend's request to remove the dogs from the home, Marks said it was a high priority situation.

"The emails I received were quite urgent and I felt like it was the right thing to do."

The Oxford Police Department classifies the case as a "mental health hoarding situation, and not an illegal puppy mill business." Officers said the 60-year-old woman had about 12 adult German shepherds and some puppies.

For Marks, these dogs were unlike any they'd seen before and she rescues German shepherds all across the state of Indiana, even when her shelter may not have much room. Because of the urgency of this call, she ended up saving three dogs and puppies.

In Oxford, neighbor Kaylee Daws said she's seen numerous German shepherds across the street. At one point, two ended up in her yard and cornered her own dog.

"She used to love to come outside, and since then I don't really let her outside unless I'm usually out there or able to watch her," Daws said. "Even though I do have a gate to keep her inside of her yard."

According to Marks, she was the only agency that was available to help.

"No one could help because they were out of a jurisdiction and that Benton County did not have a local animal care and control, I was told. So I did my research well and it's unfortunate. This situation was just overall sad."

The Oxford Police Department also stated this case is still open and pending further enforcement actions. One of the mothers and her puppies have been released to a family friend of the original owner.

The police department says other dogs were re-homed to other shelters.

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