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Humane Educational Society officials assisted Bledsoe County authorities over the weekend in the seizure of animals left behind by a deceased owner.

The Humane Educational Society took in 10 dogs, the majority of which were suffering from skin infections from being kept soaking in their own feces while living in cramped quarters, according to a statement from the Humane Society.

The local organization in Bledsoe County didn't have resources to take in all of the animals, prompting the society to step in, officials said.

Most of the dogs have been completely shaved because of the filthy mats in their fur. They have been receiving daily medicine bathes to treat and sooth their skin.

"Thanks to generous community members who donate regularly to our special needs fund, [the society] was able to step in and protect these animals from neglect," officials said in the statement.

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