Rescued from horrible conditions, 350 dogs look for ‘fur-ever’ homes

More than 350 dogs, rescued from a Tampa breeding facility with horrible conditions in September, are now looking for their forever homes. Some 20 to 30 were living in just one cage. Soon, 50 of these dogs will arrive at the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County for a lottery adoption this weekend.

A fresh start once seemed far-fetched for hundred of puppies. They were found in unsafe and unsanitary conditions at a Tampa breeding facility. Hillsborough County seized over 350 dogs from the facility in September while adopting a bulk of them over the weekend. But the remainder are at three shelters across Florida, with 53 small puppies arriving at the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County.

“If we have the room available, we certainly would take the animals,” said Sherri Dennis, who works with the Animal Welfare League. “So we had the room, we made them available.”

A veterinarian will examine the dogs, and the shelter will place the healthy puppies for adoption starting Tuesday. Dennis said there is no paperwork to support their breeds. But she believes they are mostly purebred. The animals will have a good chance of being adopted, she told WINK News, since most people come in looking for small dogs, along with “poodles to Chinese crested.”

The shelter expects the puppies to be in high demand. You would have to put your name in a lottery drawing to be held in the running. It is imperative to be there between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday to put your name on the list.

If you are interested, it is important to point out that the puppies also come with some health concerns. Estimates show it will cost the shelter around $10,000 to pay for their treatment and medical care. The shelter will raise most of the money through fundraisers on its website and Facebook. But beyond those small problems, the dogs need a family to give them some tender love and care.

“Sometimes they are afraid or they are not sure what’s going on,” Dennis said, “so they really do need a lot of love and attention.”

Reporter:Erika Jackson
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