More than 100 dogs have been seized from a Bradford kennel due to squalid living conditions, and half of those pets have been transferred to the local humane society for care and future adoption.
“We have about half of the total 105 dogs,” said Douglas Barry, president and CEO of the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.
According to the humane society and police, an animal cruelty investigation in Bradford resulted in the removal Tuesday of 52 adult dogs and 53 puppies — mostly golden retrievers and Labrador mixes.
In a statement Thursday evening, Bradford police said they opened an investigation into suspected animal cruelty and neglect after a private buyer of two dogs from the kennel called police. There are several potential charges pending, according to police.
The owner of the kennel remains cooperative, police said.
“They are all doing well,” Barry said of the dogs. “They are resting comfortably and in a very comfortable situation right now. They have been eating and I think they are at a very good point.”
It will take some time to address some of their behavioral needs, however Barry said the dogs should all have positive and healthy futures.
“We do have some pregnant moms as well,” he added.
According to a release from the humane society, many of the dogs many have untreated medical conditions.
“We expect all of the dogs to improve physically and behaviorally, and hope to start adoptions in two to three weeks,” Becky Longval, director of animal care, said in a statement.
Initially, all of the dogs were taken Tuesday from Bradford to the Pope Memorial SPCA in Concord where they received physical exams. Half of the dogs were then transported to Nashua the following day, while the other half remained at the SPCA facility.
“Unfortunately, in New Hampshire, this is becoming more frequent,” Barry said of large-scale animal cruelty cases.
While 50 additional dogs at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua is not ideal, Barry said it is part of the organization’s mission to assist the animals — regardless of their number.
“We are doing the best we can, and they are in comfortable settings,” he said of the seized dogs. “We will do whatever we can to make it happen.”