An unforgettable rescue was conducted last year by the RSPCA for the British TV program The Dog Rescuers.
It all started years ago with two pet Chihuahuas who were not spayed or neutered. Their owners, an aging couple, loved them, but through the years became overwhelmed as the dogs bred indiscriminately—parent with child, brother with sister.
When the woman died, the RSPCA began receiving calls about the condition of a home in Birmingham, England that belonged to the husband of a recently deceased woman.
The RSPCA sent out inspector Herchy Boal after receiving several concerned calls.
“The officers asked us for help with around 30 dogs but I was busy dealing with another emergency elsewhere,” Boal recounted in an RSPCA press release. “When they called me again a few hours later they were extremely concerned about the conditions they had found the dogs in, claiming they believed there were actually in excess of 40 small breeds.” Source
When Boal got to the house and started counting, she found not 40 Chihuahuas but 82.
“They literally started appearing from everywhere. We would move the washing machine and suddenly there’d be six faces looking at you. It was incredible where they were able to hide,” Boal said of her inspection.
The dogs were taken to an animal hospital where they were groomed and treated for various ailments. Eventually workers from the RSPCA helped the husband renovate and clean his home.
Four now spayed and neutered dogs were returned to him. The other 78 were rehomed.
This was the classic hoarding situation: too much love and not enough birth control.