Breaking open the cages
The cages were all locked, with some in fact unable to be open unless the doors were broken, or the cages lifted. The remaining four dogs were skinny, with matted coats, eye infections, and filthy from their own faeces, vomit and urine.
Two huskies and the golden retriever barked initially however they quickly wagged tails at being patted and upon hearing calming voices. They were happy to leave their cages as BARC Team Heros, Agus and Murja, put all 3 of them in one cage together for ease of transport.
The one black Bali dog, still alive, was in a terrible state. It had obviously been locked up and not fed for a lot longer than the other dogs. We had been asked by the caretaker (with permission later given by the owner) to take the five dogs, however after seeing the state of the additional 2 huskies (a mother and puppy) inside the house, they came along with the other dogs for medical assessment and vet care.
There were another two Bali dogs on the property, one who is friendly, one that is scared. Both thin but because they can roam, they are getting more food than the others. The caretaker informed us that she was advised not to feed them either as the owner wanted them to go away. With all the caged dogs and dogs at risk medically now loaded into the BARC rescue truck, the caretaker said she would continue to feed the two roaming dogs until suitable shelter could be found. They were assessed by our vet nurse and it was agreed while they were hungry, they were medically ok and just need a cuddle and lots of food.
The caretaker was amazing, she continued to feed these two dogs and helped them trust people again by constantly talking to them, giving them love and attention. We want to recognise the incredible efforts of the caretaker – thank you so much! You see, the caretaker had another reason she had to keep coming back to the property…..