Over the last three months in Shenandoah County, authorities have had to enter homes – some while wearing breathing apparatuses due to high levels of ammonia – to investigate possible cases of animal abuse.

Some of the residences had to be condemned until they were cleaned. The animals discovered – and we’re talking dozens of cats and dogs – were removed and sent to area shelters, straining their resources as a result.

If you are, or someone you know is simply overwhelmed with animals, we urge you seek help by calling a local animal shelter. Ignoring the issue won’t make it any better or make it go away. Delays in getting help will only multiply the problem.