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Animals rescued from ‘House of Horrors’

Celia Hammond outside one of her charity's neutering clinics

A LEADING animal charity appealed on Monday of this week for help finding homes for 200 Yorkshire Terriers and 37 cats rescued at the weekend from what it called a ‘house of horror’.

Celia Hammond, the former top fashion model turned animal saviour, said her charity, the Celia Hammond Action Trust (CHAT) found the animals in appalling conditions at a house in West Sussex after the son of the deceased owner called them in.

In conjunction with Croydon Animal Samaritans, The Kit Wilson Trust and with help from other groups, CHAT rescued the dogs and cats from the horrendous conditions in the house. Nearly all are in need of urgent veterinary attention and it will take several days to clean them up and assess them properly.

"They are in a disgusting state, filthy, neglected and starving," Hammond said. "I have been doing this work for 30 years and I have never seen anything like it before."

The dogs had been kept in faeces-filled pet carriers - some crammed three or four to a box - she said, describing the place as a "house of horror".

"Several puppies were dead and some had been partly eaten by the others," she said. "It was awful."

All the animals have now been removed, split between the various charities and are being cleaned up and looked after, prior to rehoming. Hammond, who quit modelling in the 1970s to devote her time to her animal charity, said they urgently needed new homes.

"When fit, the 86 dogs in our care will all be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to being rehomed," she said. "We hope prospective new owners will understand that as we visit each potential home, we will be looking for homes within a reasonable driving distance of our veterinary clinics and sanctuary.

"Thank you so much to all the people who have been so concerned and shown such compassion towards these neglected dogs and indeed the 29 cats that we took on - mainly ginger or ginger and white, very nervous and all with extra toes! We are in the process of starting to clean them up, make them happy and give them lots of cuddles and T.L.C. Seeing their frightened little faces relax a little makes everything worthwhile."

l Celia Hammond Action Trust website:
Head office: Celia Hammond Animal Trust, High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AG Tel: 01892 783367 Fax: 01892 784882


Celia Hammond outside one of her charity's neutering clinics