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Locals Distraught Over Animal Neglect Case in Seaford

Pictured is three of the dogs after being rescued from their previous owner's house. Photo by the Cape Gazette.

Pictured is three of the dogs after being rescued from their previous owner's house. Photo by the Cape Gazette.

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On October 8th, a search warrant discovered an extreme case of animal neglect in Seaford. In local Donald Eilander’s house, approximately 43 dead and 32 living pets were found. Most of the pets were dogs, with the exception of one cat that survived. Mark Tobin the Delaware Animal Services Chief said, “It’s a miracle any of the animals survived, and we are grateful we could get there in time for those that needed help so desperately.”

All of the living pets were in poor condition upon arrival at the Brandywine Valley SPCA. They were mostly small dog breeds and arrived with completely matted hair. When the search warrant surveyed the house, they discovered dog remains scattered around the house in old dog food bags. Some dogs had been left without food or water inside the garage and shed.

Donald Eilander and his late husband used to breed the dogs, but would struggle to find homes for the puppies and end up keeping them. After his husband died, Eilander over-dosed on prescription pills and was in a medically induced coma at the time police discovered the animal abuse. Eilander was arrested on October 13th after coming out of the coma.

Locals are outraged by the horrific story of the conditions the pets lived in. Senior Madison Sarnak said, “I don’t understand how someone could do something like this to their pets. I have pets and I could never imagine being so abusive. Though I’m sure the guy will end up in prison for his actions.”

Eilander is facing 449 felony animal abuse charges and was released on $70,000 bail. Fortunately, some of the dogs will soon be up for adoption after receiving adequate medical treatment. Hopefully the pets will find loving homes once they are put up for adoption.

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