Over 200 taken in over last week from abusive owner
Injured animals have been pouring in to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, to the point the Indian Trail nonprofit is almost over capacity. The problem started June 6, when the group was called in to help collect more than 200 ducks, geese, chickens, pigeons and rabbits from a Franklin County home. As the only rescue in the area that handles birds, CWR group members found themselves suddenly with over 200 new animals, nearly double the amount already living at the shelter.
“This is our busy season anyway and with those animals from Monday, it’s almost more than we can handle,” volunteer Sandi Bush said. “This has put us over the top.”
All total, the group brought 230 animals back from Zebulon, where the local Animal Services obtained a warrant to take the pets from Renee Jean Long. Neighbors had complained about seeing animal carcasses and rats at the property, as well as smelling foul odors. When CWR volunteers and the Animal Services officials arrived at the property, they found three dead puppies, three other dogs that were seriously ill and a number of birds with various injuries. Officials said it appeared Long had operated a breeding program out of the home and was selling the animals online.
“It was not a good situation,” Bush said. “There were birds with a lot of dislocated joints, where they had apparently been picked up repeatedly by the wings and carried that way.”
Also making the trip back to the Indian Trail shelter were some furry friends that volunteers couldn’t turn away.
“We don’t do bunnies, but we didn’t have the heart to say no, because nobody else would take them,” Bush said. “So if we hadn’t brought them back, they would have been euthanized.”
Hunting for help
Even before the new additions, the rescue needed volunteers. Now with the extra animals, they have a need for help of any kind, be it financial, physical volunteers or donations of hay or straw.
“Money is a concern,’ Bush said, adding that in order to take care of the injured animals, they need extra vitamins and specific medications, to say nothing of the feed and straw supply.
“We’ll go through a lot more straw, so any farmers who have extra, we would be extremely grateful for the help,” Bush said. “Also, we’re all volunteers and some of us have full time jobs, so we need any help people can give. If that’s just coming in one time to help, we’ll definitely appreciate it.”
Before the new arrivals, there were 350 animals at the rescue, so now with more than 500, they’re looking for people to adopt. Anyone interested can email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bush said a volunteer will follow up with a phone call and then move the process along. Anyone looking to volunteer can email the group at email@example.com and people wanting to donate can call 704-668-9486.