Alleged animal hoarding, breeding operation raided; 200+ dogs, cats rescued or missing


“In partnership with Hall County Animal Services, the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (HSNEGA) recently rescued 52 dogs and cats from an extreme hoarding and breeding operation in Flowery Branch. The animals, ranging in age from three days old to eight years old, were left behind after the owner fled with more than 150 additional dogs and cats. The rescued animals in HSNEGA’s care are now receiving treatment and will be ready for adoption in the coming days or weeks, depending on medical needs.

“It’s evident that all of these animals have survived a lifetime of neglect while their owner profited from cruelty,” said Allison Mayfield, president and CEO of HSNEGA. “Despite how they have been treated, they are eager for human interaction and affection. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to help end this cycle of cruelty and focus on the next, better chapter of their lives.”

The veterinarian team’s medical evaluations found varying degrees of neglect including illness and infection. Most of the cats are being treated for upper respiratory infections. Two cats, which were pregnant when rescued, are in foster care until they give birth. All of the animals are receiving preventative treatment and will be spayed or neutered before becoming available for adoption.

“We very much appreciate our partnership with Hall County Animal Services, our foster families who opened their homes to animals in need without pause, and Angel’s Pet Grooming, whose staff spent two full days bathing and shaving animals with the most severe fur issues,” said Mayfield. “Without our network of supporters, we would be unable to step up and change the course of these innocent lives.”

HSNEGA urges those interested in purchasing from a breeder to first consider adoption, and if that isn’t viable, to ensure they’re selecting a reputable and careful breeder who values the humane treatment of animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ criteria for responsible breeding may be viewed at

More information about the animals’ progress and adoption status will be shared on social media in the coming days. To learn more about the shelter’s mission, view adoptable animals or apply to be a foster, please visit”

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