OGDEN -- Animal rescue volunteers and the Weber Animal Shelter worked frantically Tuesday to take care of 149 dogs, most of a chihuahua mix, that were rescued from a private home beginning Monday night.
Brenda Gordon, president of Pack 'N Pounce Animal Rescue, said the owner of the home in the 3100 block of Jefferson Ave., in Ogden, contacted her last week to ask for help, saying he could no longer take care of what he said were 60 dogs in his home.
Gordon said when she and Ogden Animal Control officials got to the man's home they found nearly 150 dogs in a house that had no electricity and practically no food for the man or the dogs.
Gordon said Pack 'N Pounce took 30 dogs and Ogden Animal Control took the rest, including several mothers with puppies. The dogs are all described as "chihuahua mix," but Gordon said she is guessing there are at least five breeds of dogs all combined.
"All I can say is they're 100 percent dog, no cats added," she said.
Lt. Chad Ferrin, at the Weber County Animal Shelter, said that none of the 119 dogs which he took in can be adopted until a vet looks at them. All are undernourished and need shots and de-worming, he said.
Gordon said as far as she knows the man who lived in the house is not facing any criminal action.
"He called us asking for help," she said.
Gordon said from what she understands the man has a medical condition and little income, but loves dogs.
"I think, my impression of what happened is the guy had a heart attack, and he is a dog lover, and because he was on limited funds he was unable to get the pets spayed and neutered."
In addition to his own dogs, she said, neighbors would drop dogs off and he would take them in, or he would take dogs off the street that had been hit by cars.
As the numbers increased they just got out of control, she said.
"Affording to feed that many animals, I can't imagine," she said. "The electricity was shut off because he was having to buy food."
In addition to finding homes for the 30 dogs she took in, Gordon said she is collecting donations of money and blankets to help the man pay his power bill.
Anyone who wants to help can send a donation to Pack 'N Pounce, 333 2nd Street, Suite 8, Ogden 84404, or call 801-317-2969. Donations can also be made at www.packandpounce.com.