22 Great Danes rescued from hoarding situation in Dutchess County

Twenty-two dogs, all Great Danes were rescued from a home after the death of their owner, State Police said last week.

The animals were “undernourished” and confined to a house that was in “terrible condition,” said Lynn Meloccaro, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA, which took six of the dogs, ranging from puppies to 2 years of age. The animals’ owner had been struggling with hoarding the animals.

Besides the Dutchess County SPCA, other animal rescue agencies like the Ulster County SPCAUlster County CaninesMid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League and the Hudson Valley SPCA are caring for some of the dogs and currently taking donations. The animal control officer for the town of Milan and the Dutchess County sheriff also assisted, Hicks said.

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