Savannah man accused of hoarding 71 dogs charged

astice@islandpacket.comJanuary 24, 2012 

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A Savannah man accused of hoarding 71 dogs in a home that is now condemned has been charged with more than 100 city ordinance violations by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.

Among the charges brought against Daniel Golden, 43, are 71 counts of animal neglect and 50 counts of failing to properly vaccinate the dogs, according to a news release.

The dogs were kept in a home in the 300 block of East 33rd Street. Officers were called to the home Sunday for a noise complaint of barking, the release said. Police and animal-control officers spent more than four hours removing the small dogs, ranging from newborns to adults.

Animal-rescue groups from Bluffton and Ridgeland are helping place the dogs in new homes.

Brooke Fisher, owner of Brooke's Haven Animal Rescue and Brooke's Bed & Biscuit kennel in Bluffton, said interest has been shown in the 16 dogs she took in, with two adoptions so far.

Most people will need to wait about two weeks until the animals are spayed and neutered before they can start an adoption, she said.

"We have been giving them a lot of love and attention, and they're slowly coming out of their shells," Fisher said. "They will need the perfect home because they will require a lot of patience and potty training because they've never been outside."

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