4 dogs rescued from Goshen farm

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An Orange County shelter rescued four dogs that were found living in allegedly deplorable conditions on a Goshen farm.

Debbie Dittert, manager of the Goshen Humane Society, says the four cocker spaniels were discovered with their fur infested with fleas and ticks. Dittert says it is the worst case of neglect she had ever seen.

"I've never seen anything like this, ever," she says. "We do have a lot of stray dogs coming in here, some of them are unkempt. This is an actual neglect situation."

Dog Control Officer Laurene Sandstrom seized the pooches after police received an anonymous call reporting the neglect.

"Conditions that they were left in were absolutely horrible," Sandstrom says. "Feces and urine all over the place, the water was stagnant and filthy."

Authorities say the owner of the four dogs could face criminal charges, but according to Sandstorm, he could avoid persecution if he willingly turns the dogs over to the shelter, where they would be up for adoption.

"Dogs like this make great rescues because they're forever grateful," Dittert says.

For interview about the neglected cocker spaniels, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra, Ch. 612.

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