The nightmare isn’t over for these animals

WTHI Photo / Kelly Oehler
WTHI Photo / Kelly Oehler

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A serious case of animal neglect in West Terre Haute forced the Vigo County Health Department to condemn a home and remove seven dogs and four cats.

On Wednesday News 10’s Jaclyn Bevis shared with you what to do if this happens in your neighborhood.

Now, we will show you what happens to the animals after they have been removed from the home – because for them the nightmare isn’t over.

Sandy Larimer and her co-workers with the Terre Haute Humane Society report this is not the first case of animal neglect they have seen. And unfortunately, it won’t be the last.

“They’re in bad shape, very bad,” said Larimer. “I don’t know how anyone one can does this to these animals. They’re horrible.”

From tumors to infected eyes… Larimer estimates it’s a deplorable situation that has been going on for months.

“It still hurts because once they’re here they’re our babies. They’re our family,” she explained. “We take care of them like they’re our own children and when they get adopted we are happy because they’re going to a forever home.”

These animals are taken in, cared for but there is still a lot of work that has to be put in to them.

“We vaccinated them and put them in isolation right away because we aren’t sure what all they have,” Larimer stated. “Coming out of a home like that they can have any kind of disease and we don’t want it to spread to our other babies here.”

Ultimately, Larimer says they hope to adopt out every pet.

Many of the animals involved in this particular case need extensive treatment; costly treatment. And Larimer says the Terre Haute Humane Shelter will need donations to help cover operations.

If you would like to donate to the Terre Haute Humane Society you can visit their website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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