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|02-24-2009, 07:13 AM||#1|
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75 dogs left by 1 person at Maryland shelter
Over 100 dogs left at shelter in 3 weeks
The Frederick News-Post Online - Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper
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Foster families, other shelters share the load
Originally published February 24, 2009
By Karen Gardner
Foster families and the help of other shelters have made it possible for Frederick County Animal Control to handle the influx of 80 dogs from a possible puppy mill earlier this month.
The shelter reported Saturday that 75 dogs were dropped off by a Thurmont resident on Feb. 8. One of those dogs had puppies over the weekend, bringing the total to 80.
The dogs are all small breeds. They resemble Boston terriers, Cairn terriers, Yorkshire terriers, Lhasa apsos, Maltese, Pekingese, poodles, West Highland white terriers and shih tzus, but most are mixed breeds, according to Harold Domer, executive director of Animal Control.
Thirty-two of the dogs and puppies are in foster care, Domer said.
The shelter already had its share of dogs this month.
Animal Control captured 31 abandoned dogs and puppies in the Walkersville area Feb. 5. Those dogs also may have been part of a breeding operation. Most of them, also small mixed breeds, have been adopted or are awaiting adoption approvals. Three dogs from that seizure still need homes, Domer said.
Two of the dogs from Thurmont are in a shelter in Ocean City, and 32 are in a shelter in Loudoun County, Va. Both shelters offered to take some of the dogs brought in Feb. 5. When the second group of dogs arrived three days later, Domer said the shelter was able to take advantage of the offers. The dogs at the other shelters are now under the jurisdiction of those shelters.
"I don't believe any shelter's going to take animals unless they're going to adopt them out and put them in good homes," Domer said. "That was their commitment to us."
Annie's Orphans, a Gaithersburg pet rescue, has one of the Thurmont dogs.
The Thurmont resident who dropped the dogs off Feb. 8 may have acted as a middleman, Domer said. "We believe they were transported from an owner in St. Mary's County to a resident in Thurmont. St. Mary's County was apparently conducting an investigation."
Frederick County Animal Control officers were able to get the address of the St. Mary's County home where the dogs likely had been living. The officers visited the home once, but no one was there. Domer said he is working with St. Mary's County Animal Control officials to monitor the situation.
Asked if the dogs came from a puppy mill, Domer said: "I would say that is a definite possibility. It is my understanding the residents in St. Mary's County were responsible for transporting the dogs and puppies to Thurmont."
A dozen of the dogs at the shelter are available for adoption, said Linda Shea, humane educator. Those in foster care are mostly nursing mothers with young puppies. When the pups are 8 weeks old, they will become available for adoption, as will their mothers.
The shelter has 42 dogs, one puppy, 97 cats, seven kittens and five rabbits. "We're always looking for people to foster dogs and cats," Domer said. "It puts the pets in a less stressful environment."
For more information on pets available or to get an adoption application, go to Pet adoption: Want a dog or cat? Adopt a pet on Petfinder. The shelter is at 1832 Rosemont Ave., Frederick; 301-600-1547.
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|02-24-2009, 08:46 AM||#2|
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That was very nice of you to post that & let us all know. I hope they all get adopted in great forever homes. I have been to the Shelter in Ocean City, Maryland before. We go to OC on vacation and I visited their shelter once.
|02-24-2009, 09:25 PM||#3|
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Thank-You for the extensive post on all the Yorkie/Yorkie mixes up for adoption accross the U.S.! It's also an afformation of all the Puppy Mills that are being closed down!! YAY!! Hopefully people will look on these sites AND SEE ALL THE WONDERFUL DOGS THAT NEED FUREVER HOMES!! I pray that it happens soon and they will know what it feels like to be truly LOVED!!! Hugs to all the little ones looking for homes,
Mum to : -Sammy,:-Baron Georg, :-Sophie Kennedy, and Carys Bella...
|02-24-2009, 09:36 PM||#4|
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Goodness , what is it with Maryland and all the dogs being left in shelters lately ! I know it's everywhere , but it seems like we hear about it alot here lately ( I'm in Maryland) and all the shelters seem filled !!
I hope all these babies can find good homes !
Chloe & Sydney