2 Dead Pets, 21 Others Removed From Abandoned Exeter Home
photo courtesy: NH SPCA
EXETER — Exeter police say they are investigating after almost two dozen animals were left unattended at a home.
On Thursday, a sheriff's deputy noticed several animals abandoned at 6 Wanda Lane while he was serving an eviction notice. He then notified the Exeter Police Animal Control Officer Neal Jones. With the help of the Field Services Manager at the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, Steve Sprowl, they removed 10 cats, five rabbits, three gerbils, one guinea pig and two turtles. One rabbit and one guinea pig were found dead.
Sprowl said the animals were very hungry and thirsty.
"The cats and rabbits especially were drinking water like they hadn't had it in days, or longer," Sprowl said.
A veterinarian examined the animals and reported they were thin, suffering from flea infestation and some had ear mites. The guinea pig was humanely euthanized due to his "extremely compromised condition" according to a press release by the NHSPCA.
Police say the homeowner reportedly had a plan in place for someone to care for the animals beginning Jan. 2 and are investigating why that did not happen.
The NHSPCA is also caring for 31 German Shepherds that came from cases in Bristol and Alexandria.
The dogs will remain in their care until the court rules on their case.
The NHSPCA is looking for donations and asking the public to help with the cost of care for these animals.