Butts County Home Is A Real Doghouse

Everyone has heard of 101 Dalmations, but that's nothing compared to what an animal rescue group in Henry County came across.

Jama Hedgecoth, founder of Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, says when they were asked to come and pick up several Chihuahuas at a home in Butts County, she had no idea what she was getting into.

“I walked in and I was just speechless.  There were dogs everywhere.  They were coming literally out of the sheetrock, holes in the sheetrock.  They were in the mattresses, they were in the cabinets.  I saw two on the stove,” said Hedgecoth.

Hedgecoth says after getting over the shock, they got to work.  In all, there were 181 Chihuahuas, 57 of those were puppies, and that doesn't include the three that were born after they were rescued.

Laughing, she said, "it was just like oh, my goodness. So they just kept coming out and kept coming out.  And then they started bringing out these little bitty puppies. I mean, I'm talking a quarter of a pound, little bitty fellas," said Hedgecoth.

She says most of the Chihuahuas may not have liked being handled by people, but they loved each other.

"The greatest thing of all of this is they're all fat.  I mean, they were all covered in fleas, and they definitely don't like people - they haven't been socialized - but they literally get along.  They're like a gang.  I mean literally, they're like this cool gang of Chihuahuas."

She says the dogs, who had never stepped foot outside, were fascinated with the rain.   

"They've never seen rain.  They got to runnin' like little kids playing in a mud puddle.  It was awesome," said Hedgecoth.

Hedgecoth says once they're taken care of, they will make great pets. 

She says while she doesn't really understand hoarding, she felt for the homeowners, who lived with all of them and obviously loved them.

"They were super nice, very quiet, a lot of tears.  A lot of tears from all of us.  We were all heartbroken.  I mean, it was like I was taking their existence because it was obvious what all they had done," said Hedgecoth.  

She promised them that she would make sure all of them had forever homes.

Getting them healthy and homes won't be cheap, so any donations would be much appreciated.

If you are interested in fostering a dog or making a donation to support this immediate need, contact Noah’s Ark at 770-957-0888 or noahs-ark.org.

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