Authorities in Georgia have come to the rescue of over 165 German Shepherds left in neglectful conditions at a rural property.

WSB-TV in Atlanta reports that the Candler County Sheriff’s Department worked with the Atlanta Humane Society to rescue the German Shepherds varying in size and age. The property owner was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Atlanta Humane Society staff has taken in a number of the rescued dogs to care for them.

“The dogs on this property are living in extremely unsanitary conditions and are in desperate need of help,” said Jessica Rock, director of legal advocacy and law enforcement support at the Atlanta Humane Society. “Our team is working closely with Candler County Sheriff’s Department to provide the support and care needed to ensure the best outcome for these dogs.”

Canine Pet Rescue in Dracula, Ga. will also assist in taking in some of the German Shepherds to assist with their recovery.

Photo credit: Atlanta Humane Society