DOG protection bosses in Tean are launching a fund-raising drive to fund the care of 17 horribly-abused animals.
Volunteers at the Rottweiler Welfare Association are pulling out all the stops to raise an additional £20,000 - on top of the £96,000 they already need to keep their UK operations running - to look after the abused rottweilers.
The charity rents kennels in Tean, Werrington and Tredegar, Wales, and took on the dogs, which had been found in ‘awful conditions’ by police earlier in 2013, in the summer.
Officers seized the dogs in February 2013 from a farm in Rushall, Herefordshire, after they found 26 animals in poor health and kept in unsuitable conditions at a property in the village.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “These poor animals were living as a pack on the land.
“They had no bedding, were not tamed in any way and were being fed on a diet of sheep carcasses.”
In order to run the Rottweiler Welfare Association and cope with its annual workload, volunteers need to raise £96,000 just to cover general running costs, which include kennel and veterinary fees.
Taking in the additional rottweilers means the charity needs to find an additional £20,000 a year.
Jenny Darboe, one of the volunteers at the Rottweiler Welfare Association, said: “We are very grateful for all the kind donations given to this appeal so far.
“We have, thanks to some very wonderful people, successfully rehomed all of the puppies involved, as well as three of the poor adult dogs.
“We now have in our care the remaining adult dogs, who are Aramis, Arwen, Arragon, Annie, Bertie, Becki and Byron. All of them have suffered the most devastating lives so far.
“They have lived all of their lives in total abuse as if wild animals, being fed on dead carcasses as their only source of food, and kept in their own excrement.
“These poor dogs need a tremendous amount of tender loving care and rehabilitation before being in a position to go onto their new homes.
“The wonderful amount of money raised so far is thanks to people’s generosity, but we desperately need more help to make sure their futures are assured and they can receive all veterinary treatment required, together with the numerous other Rottweilers in our care.”
Donations to the charity can be made online at www.rottweilerwelfare.co.uk or go to www.justgiving.com/stuart-last.
The charity runs a ‘share and care’ programme, which is designed to help dogs who find themselves in welfare with no prospect of a permanent home in the foreseeable future.