The five dogs, eight cats and one potbellied pig surrendered by a Derry woman are doing well in their temporary home at the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Stratham, SPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison said last week.
The animals were surrendered when police paid a well-being call to the home, after being alerted by a concerned citizen to the “strong odor” coming from the home. The homeowner relinquished the dogs, cats and pig, while choosing to keep three dogs and three cats.
Dennison said all the animals needed baths, and after that were found to be suffering from a variety of conditions. Some needed to be spayed or neutered, she said.
The dogs showed a variety of personalities and reactions to their former surroundings, Dennison said. “Some are sweet and friendly, and will soon be available for adoption,” she said. “Others are timid, and they will need more time.
“Some of the cats proved to be suffering upper-respiratory infections, and at least one has parasites,” she said.
The potbellied pig had urine problems, skin issues and was overweight, Dennison said.
But all the animals are healing, and, she said, “They will each be available over time.”