Animal cruelty investigation in Habersham County

- Hundreds of animals are recovering after being rescued in Habersham County last week. 

The Humane Society of the United States flew staff in on April 13 to help with what they called a large-scale, multi-species animal cruelty case.

Friday morning, the Human Society said the 435 cats and dogs that were seized from the unsanitary conditions are recovering and preparing to be placed into new, loving homes. 

Most of the small animals will be moved to facilities in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, where the Humane Society said they will receive continued care and have time to heal before getting "the second chance they deserve." 

"Our partners are ready to get these neglect survivors started on the next part of their journey," the Humane Society said in a news release. 

Cameras were not allowed on site, but the Humane Society of the United States released video showing the animals being rescued. 

“In this room there are a large number of dogs, mostly puppies that are living in filth. Eating paper because they have no food or water,” said Jessica Lauginiger, Humane Society U.S. Manager of Animal Crime.

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