Dogs taken by police from Savannah house looking for new homes
Updated: January 24, 2012, 08:40
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After spending four hours sifting around clutter in a small, one-story house on East 33rd Street Sunday afternoon, Savannah-Chatham police had removed 69 dogs to be taken to the Animal Control shelter. Then police were called back later that evening and found two more dogs living in the house, said Lt. Brenda Boulware with Animal Control.
The dogs had been living in what Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller Sunday evening called "filth" in a statement. At the scene, police said animal waste was ankle-deep in some parts of the home, and the dogs were hiding amid the clutter, including inside a stove-bottom drawer and within the walls.
The owner of the dogs, 43-year-old Daniel Golden, is cooperating with police. Boulware said Tuesday that while charges are pending against Golden, what she considered most important was that he voluntarily gave control of his dogs to Animal Control for adoption and fostering.
She said Golden willingly came in Monday morning to speak with officers, and that he described the abundance of dogs in his home as a situation that "got out of hand."
The house at 318 E. 33rd St. was condemned Monday morning, confirmed Savannah Property Maintenance Department administrator Linwood Brown.
On Sunday night, Friends of Animal Control Team Savannah (FACTS) had already begun to coordinate with animal-rescue organizations around the area. FACTS, Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) of Effingham County, Maranatha Farm in Ridgeland, S.C., and Brooke's Haven Animal Rescue in Bluffton, S.C., had already taken the brunt of the dogs for fostering before the shelter's gates opened to the public Monday afternoon.
By the time Animal Control closed Monday evening, only 13 of the 71 confiscated dogs were left at the shelter, said shelter supervisor Jodi Lewis.