The previous owners, who have been charged with over 40 counts of animal cruelty, consented to transferring custody of the animals to HSL. Although HSL will avoid the costs of a legal battle, the rescue effort is still a costly one, according to Dorson.
Inspecting every animal on an individual basis and nursing them back to health is expected to cost about $10,000, says Dorson, who also noted that any donations are "greatly appreciated."
Though the animals have only been in the hands of HSL for one day, according to Dorson, their spirits have turned around quickly.
"They respond quickly once you get them out of their difficult situation," he said. "Some of them haven't experienced freedom in years."