Pack of 19 'Ruff Riders' rescued from Akron home by Humane Society

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Zayn, an adult beagle-dachshund mix, gives a kiss to Lauren Spence, pet adoption ccounselor at the Humane Society of Summit County in Twinsburg.  Zayn is named after a member of the group One Direction.
Zayn, an adult beagle-dachshund mix, gives a kiss to Lauren Spence, pet adoption ccounselor at the Humane Society of Summit County in Twinsburg. Zayn is named after a member of the group One Direction.

A half-dozen of 19 dogs seized from an Akron home where a tenant was evicted in February have found or are ready to find new homes.

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The Humane Society of Summit County said Monday that the landlord found the animals following the eviction and reported their condition to the society for investigation.

The agency said humane agents found 11 adult and eight juvenile beagle-dachshund mixed-breed dogs and puppies without food or water, in filthy conditions and in their own waste.

"All of the dogs were suffering from malnutrition and the puppies had distended abdomens due to parasites," the society said in a release.

Another dog was found dead in the home's basement.

Agents seized the animals for safekeeping, and the society was awarded custody of the dogs by Akron Municipal Court on March 21. Further information on the case was not available.

Jesse James, an adult beagle-dachshund mix, nuzzles up to Ashley Botz, behavior supervisor at the Humane Society of Summit County.
Jesse James, an adult beagle-dachshund mix, nuzzles up to Ashley Botz, behavior supervisor at the Humane Society of Summit County.

The dogs have since been treated for malnutrition and parasites, as well as overgrown toenails on several of the dogs that had made walking difficult and painful. The dogs were also provided with basic veterinary care including spaying/neutering and vaccination in preparation for adoption.

"Having been victims of neglect, the animals suffer emotional wounds as well, and most are shy and hesitant around humans," the Humane Society said. "Behavioral staff and volunteers are working on socializing dogs to develop trust ... Because of their background, many of the dogs may have specific needs of an appropriate home environment."

Because of their shyness, some of the dogs will require adoptive families to be adult-only or with children over 13. Some dogs will do best with a resident dog.

While three of the dogs have been adopted, three are available and 13 are on hold, but their situation is changing day by day. Some of the animals that aren't ready for adoption are still undergoing medical care.

This group has been dubbed “The Ruff Riders,” and most are named after classic Western movie characters like Annie Oakley and Pearl Heart.

Niall, a beagle-dachshund mixed-breed puppy, looks up at Louise DiLullo, director of development at the Humane Society of Summit County. Niall is named after a member of the group One Direction.
Niall, a beagle-dachshund mixed-breed puppy, looks up at Louise DiLullo, director of development at the Humane Society of Summit County. Niall is named after a member of the group One Direction.

The Humane Society of Summit County facility in Twinsburg is currently sheltering 370 animals. The no-time-limit facility shelters animals that are victims of cruelty, abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Those interested in adopting should contact the society's adoption counselors at 330-487-0333, ext 226.

For more information, see www.summithumane.org/donate.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Humane Society seeking homes for 'Ruff Riders' rescued from Akron home