Humane Society needs storage buildings for all the goods donated to its shelter for the 85 dogs

The Ontario County Humane Society is overflowing with donated goods for the 85 terrier dogs seized from a Naples home. On Saturday, day nine of the “Naples 85” dog rescue, “the outpouring of community support has the Ontario County Humane Society bursting at the seams,” stated the humane society that is caring for the dogs at its Happy Tails Animal Shelter in Hopewell.

Monetary donations as of Saturday reached $53,270 of a $125,000 goal to fund care of the Naples 85.

Along with reaching the fundraising goal, the humane society needs a lot more storage space.

“People from far and wide have headed the call to help, and now the Ontario County Humane Society is putting the call out for storage volunteers,” according to the Humane Society that said dozens more dog lovers lined up outside the shelter Saturday with more food and supplies than it had capacity to store. They ask that anyone locally who has climate-controlled space — such as a pod, barn, cattle trailer and the like — temporarily donate it to the shelter to stockpile goods until the shelter can later free up space.

“We are just in awe and most humbled by the tremendous support we’ve received from people across the country who have stepped up to help,” said Shelter Manager Diane Faas. “It’s just unbelievable. This is such a tremendous undertaking for us and we’re taking it one day at a time. The good news is the dogs are on the mend and all are expected to survive, but they have a long way to go.”

All 85 dogs have been examined by a veterinarian and continue to be treated for fleas, allergies, and parasites. In one of the worst animal cruelty cases seen in the county, the dogs are slowly healing, but the need is still great and it’s going to be a long road to recovery.

The Ontario County Humane Society calculated it’ll cost $125,000 for three months to continue treating the 85 dogs: ($15 a day per dog X 85 dogs X 90 days = $114,750 + additional dollars for boarding, feeding, veterinarian and other services.) This is an ongoing legal matter and the dogs cannot be released for adoption until deemed by the court, which could take up to eight months. The next court date is set for Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Naples Town Court.

Adoption and foster care for the dogs is the next phase in the process. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering can complete an application online.

The other way to help immediately is for people to adopt the other animals in the shelter to make room for the “Naples 85.”

For more information on the “Naples 85”, to donate, or register to adopt or foster, visit www.ontariocountyhumanesociety.org