UPDATE: Man Surrenders 12 Dogs to Humane Society

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email
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UPDATE 1/31/2014 5:25 PM

Thursday he had 16 dogs living in his car after losing his trailer to a fire the night before.

The Parkersburg Humane Society took the dogs for health and safety reasons.

Friday Leonard Flowers came to the Parkersburg Humane Society to tell them the dogs were too much for him to handle.

He surrendered 12 of the dogs over to them for rescue and adoption.

Humane officers say Flowers wanted to keep four of them but only if he got them fixed.

The four dogs will be fixed on Monday and Flowers is coming to pick them up after.

Humane officers say they received multiple calls Friday morning about how Flowers was not capable of taking care of the dogs.

They also talked with the Wirt County Sheriff who is going to do a follow up with Flowers next week.

A complaint call to the Parkersburg Police.

Lots of dogs in a car at a Princeton Street home.

When police and humane officers arrived they found a man who had just lost his home and 16 dogs, including 5 puppies.

Leonard Flowers lost his home Wednesday night to a fire in Wirt County.

He drove up to Parkersburg and stayed the night with his sister.

He brought along with him 16 dogs and left them in the car because he says he had no where else to put them.

Humane officers talked with Flowers about his situation.

Flowers says he loves his dogs, he breeds them and they were going to have a space to live soon.

Officers say the current living conditions were not suitable, especially leaving them in the car overnight.

Flowers agreed to let them take the dogs and he would pick them up in five days.

When the officers then opened the car to get what Flowers told them was ten dogs they found more, plus animals in need of care.

"Some of them have skin issues, one dog is either blind or has cataracts. With all these animals, none of them are fixed because the guy does breed them and they will fight for dominance so, there was fighting in the car and you have feces in the car which makes for unsafe conditions for the dogs and the people," said Scott Little, Parkersburg Humane Officer.

They are all being kept separated and in another building from the other animals at the Parkersburg Humane Society.

Officers stress the important of neutering your pets.

These animals will see a vet while they are there.

They also need updated rabies shots and dog tags.

Flowers says he lost that in the fire and he is coming to pick them up on Monday.

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