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Neglected dogs will head to better homes

Credit Facebook, or credit Michelle Ingrodi, but four neglected dogs in Cumberland, Maryland, will soon find better homes.

Ingrodi, of Baltimore’s Charm City Rescue, was visiting relatives when she came upon the dogs, all of whom were either chained or confined in and outside of what appeared to be an unoccupied house. Ingrodi fed them and took some video, posting it to her Facebook page and YouTube.

“The dogs had been in there a long time. They didn’t get walked. They don’t get played with,” Ingrodi told the Channel 11 News I-Team in Baltimore. “They were neglected. They lived in there. The smell was nothing I ever want to smell again.”

Ingrodi said that, within an hour of posting the videos “I got a call from Georgia, Alaska, New York and Alberta, Canada … They wanted to send donations. They wanted to find out what they could do to get them out of there.”

Police were called when someone complained that Ingrodi was trespassing as she arrived to feed the dogs, Channel 11 reported. She wasn’t arrested, and the police contacted the property owner, who agreed to surrender the dogs after she was assured they would be made available for adoption.

“She made it clear as long as they would not be taken to animal control — as long as they would not be euthanized and they would go to a good home — and they will — she would agree to surrender them,” Ingrodi said.

The dogs were taken from the property late Saturday afternoon and are now in the care of Dogs Deserve Better, a rescue organization, awaiting medical clearance to be adopted.

(Photo: Dogs Deserve Better)


Comment from Michelle Ingrodi
Time December 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

Thanks John!

I actually did get trespassing and burglary charges filed on me yesterday, and the dog owners still have nothing filed on them. It’s a sad world.

Comment from baltimoregal
Time December 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

Thanks for mentioning this John. Michelle does a great job (although normally her focus is cats…) and she deserves much praise for this. She’ll be visiting the pups this weekend. Slight clarification- Dogs Deserve Better is more of an advocacy group, they are not a shelter, although they do occasionally rescue. They are funding the care of these animals. These dogs will need foster and permanent homes and you can apply at the DDB site: http://dogsdeservebetter.org/adoptionform2007.html

Comment from BeckyH
Time December 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hmm.. interesting…
So, “you can’t take them because they might be euthanized, but I’ll just keep them and let them stave to death.”

Michelle, I think you’re awesome to stand up and save these dogs!

Comment from AngelaG
Time December 3, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Beautiful story and Michelle did a wonderful job Thank you to Dogs Deserve Better and all the Facebook contributers! : )

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time December 4, 2010 at 1:40 am

Michelle, thank you for seeing the need and taking some ownership. Do we need to be chipping into a legal defense fund? Have they lost their minds out there in Cumberland?

Becky, I think abusers of all sorts are like other criminal types and want to be seen by the rest of the world as being good people. That’s why someone can beat up an animal or a child and say, “S/he made me do it!” Sounds like the “they must go to good homes” was just a pathetic act. I’d say “crocodile tears,” but that would be an insult to crocodiles everywhere. I’m just making a mental note not to spend any time or money in Cumberland anytime soon. I used to like it there.

Comment from Linda
Time December 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

It always amazes me how some people think they are helping animals while they are really torturing them. The landlord said she was trespassing? Glad these dogs are no longer there.

Comment from christa lemons
Time December 4, 2010 at 11:08 am

thanks to people like you Michelle! I applaude your efforts. Unfortunately anyone can press charges against anyone… believe the judge will see the insanity of this and charge the property owners with animal neglect and abuse.
Yes, if you need help with the legal let us know!
Bless you!

Comment from Jen Swanson
Time December 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

Yay Michelle!!