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More than 100 animals rescued from Oahu home

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Until about three weeks ago, home for Sarah, a big black dog, was a crate that she shared with another dog. And the two animals were not alone.

"There were about 105 animals that were just in an area that was probably a 20 by 20 (foot area)," said Lorie Silva, a volunteer with K9 Kokua. "Their owner had been admitted to a hospital, and no one knew that they were even there for about three days."

The hospital called K9 Kokua after the owner said he had ten dogs that needed care. But instead of the ten dogs, volunteers who went to the secluded home on Oahu's North Shore found the largest number of animals the group has removed from a single location.

"There were eight dogs that were pulled out alive. A couple, unfortunately, did not make it," said Silva. "And then the rest was an assortment of cats, wildlife, birds, chickens, and a couple of turtles."

Many of the animals were dirty and needed medical care. Three dogs are still being treated at the VCA Animal Hospital in Kaneohe, including Samantha, who was in a cage with two dogs that had died. Wally, one of the cats, is now in foster care. And Sarah is well enough to get a permanent home.

"She has some calluses on her behind. She's actually also heartworm positive. But she's really such a sweet and loving dog that I know that eventually she'll come around, sooner rather than later, when she knows that she can trust people."

The owner of the animals is still in the hospital. K9 Kokua believe he became overwhelmed when his health deteriorated. He won't face charges and has given them up for adoption.

Meanwhile, the veterinary bills has stretched the limits for the non-profit, all-volunteer organization that rescues dogs on Oahu and Maui. The group is now accepting donations at their Web site.

Related link: K9 Kokua

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