Despite the owner's best intentions, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and the Idaho Humane Society were called to rescue 18 dogs from her property in Shoshone, Idaho, recently, the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
reports. She called the animal rescue organizations herself because recent financial and medical struggles had made it impossible for her to care for them.
Although the dogs showed no signs of abuse from the owner who had rescued them all over the years, many were in need of veterinary care and socialization. Many of the dogs had extensive veterinary records, though they petered out as the owner became unable to take them to the clinic.
"She really was trying to take care of them," Brooke Bonner, director of development and communications for the shelter, told the news source. "She was doing her best."
The dogs have received the appropriate veterinary care, were microchipped and are now ready to be adopted. One has already found its forever home, the news source reports.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
, animal hoarding is a complex issue that can involve psychological issues or animal cruelty. However, Bonner pointed out that in this case, the woman did the right thing.