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80% of seized dogs being treated for illness


It's been two weeks since more than 200 dogs were seized from the Alpha Tex Kennels in Floyd County.  Now officials with the Humane Society of West Texas say most of the animals are sick with viruses and parasites.

Debra Avery with the Humane Society says more than 80% of the seized dogs are being treated for illnesses.

"Many of the adult dogs have been diagnosed with heartworm. They are being treated for Coccidia, Giardia - several of them have tick fever," Avery said.

And some of these infections can be transmitted to humans. Avery says she contracted Giardia from the dogs she was taking care of.  Giardia is a parasite that causes symptoms similar to food poisoning, including vomiting.

But medical issues aren't the only problems these dogs are facing.

"If I just moved to pet them, they would shy away as though they were expecting to be hit or something," Avery said.

Shannon Ramos is fostering a 7-year-old German Shepard named Ava.  Ava was seized from the kennels and has had a difficult time adjusting to day to day life.
"In the two weeks we've had her, she's never wagged her tail, never barked, doesn't interact with my dogs. She doesn't show aggression, she doesn't show happiness. It's all fear," Ramos said.

Ava is afraid of people and cowers whenever people come near her.  She's also scared of loud noises.

"Very scared of sounds, always wants to be in tight confined spaces," Ramos said.

The place Ava feels most comfortable is inside a tiny dog crate.  Ramos says it's where she feels most safe.

"I'm very attached to her, because you just see the pain in her eyes.  She's so sad, so depressed," Ramos said.

Ramos says she would like to adopt Ava and be her forever home.  Until then, she knows there is a lot of work to be done.  Ramos has hired a behaviorist who will work with Ava and try and break her out of her shell.

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