Back in January, the San Diego Humane Society rescued over 100 Yorkies and Yorke-mixed breed dogs who were living in unsanitary conditions at a hoarder’s home.
TheAlphaNews covered the story, and according to Stephen MacKinnon, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement for the society, an elderly couple contacted the society for help after they realized they were in over their heads. Since the traumatizing ordeal where the pups lived in inhumane living conditions, every single one of the dogs have been adopted.
Courtney Odor told InsideEdition.com, “Seeing where [Lucy] came from, I was like, I just wanted to adopt her, you know, [and] give her the home that she deserved. It’s like she can be a puppy for the first time.”
The dogs’ previous owners, Mark Vattimo, 72 and Christine Calvert, 62, pleaded guilty to charges of animal neglect after 170 dogs (or 185 if you include puppies born to pregnant dogs) were found living in squalor at their home and other locations.
Over 90 dogs were found living in a dark room, where the walls and floor were covered in feces, and mice ran free, while many of the dogs had fleas and matted fur.
After Thealphanews.com covered the story, 30 other dogs were found at another location and 46 more were found in an RV in Nevada. “I couldn’t even distinguish dog from dog in the picture,” Odor said as she was shown her pup’s former home. “I just don’t understand how someone could have that much neglect. These are just little lives.”
When Odor adopted 12-year-old Lucy, her body was covered in sores, and she has no teeth which means she needs to be hand fed soft food. Lucy is currently on medication to prevent her from going deaf and she has social anxiety when she hears loud noises. “If there’s a lot of noise, you can tell it reverts her back to whatever memory she has,” Odor explained. “You see the same thing in people who have been in abusive homes as you see in animals.”
Odor continued saying that the moment she saw Lucy Ball she wanted her, “She’s definitely a diva. She’s dramatic, and she’s just like a puppy. [Lucy] progressed into a happy dog.”
The San Diego Humane Society told InsideEdition.com that they are slowly releasing the rescued Yorkies for adoption and you can learn more about bringing one of the pups home by visiting their website.
Calvert and Vattimo will reportedly face three years’ probation and counseling and are forbidden from owning pets for a decade as part of their plea deal. They will, however, avoid jail time.