GEORGETOWN, Del. - Over 50 dogs are in the care of an animal shelter after officials say the animals were taken from an elderly person's property in Delaware last week.
The Brandywine Valley SPCA says on August 4, a BVSPCA team of medical and animal care personnel took in 58 small dogs from a backyard breeder and they provided medical care for another 103 small dogs that remained on the property. Officials say the homeowner is a Kennel operator with 161 dogs and puppies on the property. BVSPCA officials report that the 58 animals were voluntarily surrendered by the owner at the scene and taken to the BVSPCA Georgetown Campus for further evaluation and treatment.
According to the report, a visit to the property with the homeowner and a team of 15 BVSPCA medical and animal personnel was scheduled. Officials say they spent more than eight hours at the Delaware property. Officials say on the following day, the homeowner requested the return of four dogs, and a BVSPCA staff person delivered them back to the homeowner that afternoon. BVSPCA says all of the dogs received age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm testing, de-worming, and flea/tick treatment.
"It's unfortunate when we see an elderly person who cares about their pets get into a situation where the numbers and care required exceed what they can handle. We need to be there for the community in cases like this and to help raise awareness to prevent such situations in the future. Helping dogs like this that require extra time and care prior to adoption is what inspired us to open our Rescue & Rehab Center, " says BVSPCA CEO Adam Lamb.
The dogs reportedly include a variety of small breeds such as Pomeranians, Shih-Tzus, Dachshunds, Miniature Poodles and Pugs. The animals are currently in the care of BVSPCA and some are expected to be ready for adoption later this week.
Anyone who would like to help meet the cost of caring for the 54 dogs can donate here, or send donations to this address: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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