On August 22, 2013, authorities in Melbourne, Australia, removed 82 small breed dogs from a hoarding situation. Most of the suffering animals were Jack Russell terriers. The hoarder was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.
The removal of the dogs took place after authorities received tips informing them there were many dogs on the property that seemed to be in bad health.
According to an RSPCA Victoria release, animal welfare inspectors believed they were going to rescue 60 dogs from the property. However when rescuers arrived at the home, they realized there were many more animals in need of rescue. The total number of animals taken away from the property grew from 60 to 82.
Animal welfare personnel assessed the situation and concluded the animals were not used for breeding purposes. The dogs were simply part of a hoarding situation that grew out of control.