LIMA, Ohio -- The Ohio SPCA and Humane Society rescued an estimated 70 animals from "horrific conditions" in Bluffton over the weekend.
The cats and dogs were living "stacked in metal cages" and "living in their own waste" at the TLU Rescue facility on Vance Street in Bluffton, the SPCA said in a press release. "The ammonia levels were overpowering, especially in the cat room where litter boxes and countertops were filled with feces and urine," the release continued.
"Conditions inside the TLU Rescue facility were beyond horrific," Ohio SPCA Executive Director Teresa Landon said in a statement. "Good intentions are never enough when animals end up suffering from neglect."
Landon said one dog did not survive the rescue and had to be euthanized. Many of the animals need medical care, are suffering from infections and dental diseases. For now, the animals are staying at the SPCA's Lima facility.
According to the SPCA, TLU Rescue is a non-profit organization that operates off of public donations. Landon said she expects criminal charges for animal cruelty to be filed against the operators.
The Ohio SPCA and Humane Society is in need of donations -- monetary and otherwise -- for these animals. Visit ohiospca.org to learn more.