"Now what you have is animals come out of hiding," Robert Misseri, founder of Guardians of Rescue, tells The Dodo. "Animals wandering lost, hurt, starving. This is what you're dealing with on an everyday basis."
"You come up to a house, there's no one there. No one around," he says. "You can see dogs haven't eaten. No water, no food, nothing. Just chained up."
Last week, rescuers were tipped off to three dogs trapped in a yard. Their owner had fled, leaving them with empty bowls and no means of escape.