COLUMBIA, Md. — More than 100 animals were removed from an animal care nonprofit in Columbia, Howard County Police said.
A concerned citizen contacted police on May 9 to report overcrowding, a foul odor, and a lack of cleanliness at the Animal Welfare Society of Howard County, AWS, located in the 8500 block of Davis Road. Officers from Animal Control responded to the organization and discovered the unacceptable conditions.
Utilizing a search and seizure warrant, officers entered and found cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds in unacceptable conditions, with many animals in poor health, police said. The animals were removed and taken to the Animal Control facility so they could receive veterinary evaluations and care.
A final tally of animals has not been confirmed, police said. Once all animals have been evaluated and treated, Animal Control will determine which may make good candidates for adoption.
Donations are being accepted to assisted in the animal’s care. Funds or supplies can be dropped off at the county’s Animal Control facility at 8576 Davis Road in Columbia.