In most cases, she found they had no fat or muscle on their ribs, spine or pelvis, with a lowest BCS score of 1, reflecting emaciation.
Only a few receive a rating of 2.
“You have to look at the animal and then use your hands to tell,” Firda said in court. “A normal dog is a 4 or 5,” she said.
Some other dogs at the property scored a three and were not seized.
LaBombard testified last, describing the state of the dogs in her care after they were brought to the shelter.
She said the animals, now being fed three times a day, were experiencing digestive problems.
Most of them also appeared to have worms, along with obvious signs of injury.
“Some of the dogs have lacerations on their legs and bodies as well as scars on their noses,” she said.
DUE BACK IN COURT
LaBombard had her hands with the canines, between bottle-feeding the puppies because their mother was unable to do so and managing the care of the 19 older dogs.
As of Saturday, all the puppies had been adopted, including a white puppy she nicknamed Princess and her sister Betsy.
She hopes the older canines will soon follow suit.
“They are all really great dogs. They are really friendly and loving and we want to see them go to good homes,” LaBombard said.
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