GREEN BAY - Nearly two dozen dogs are in need of a loving home ton. They were surrendered by a breeder who just couldn't take care of them.
"It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” said veterinarian Dr. Susan DeFilippi, as the van carting 23 dogs pulled into the Bay Area Humane Society Thursday.
DeFilippi and a team of volunteers quickly went to work.
“We do a brief intake exam where everybody gets dewormed, vaccinated,” she described.
Workers say these cuddly canines have quite the unique story.
“We got a call two days ago who was trying to close his breeding operation,” said Karen DeBaker, the development director for the humane society.
Volunteers drove three hours outside of Green Bay to pick up the dogs. However, the shelter would not say who gave up the dogs, or where the farm was located.
The animals are estimated to be around five years old, ranging in breeds from Pomeranians to pugs.
Many were so scared of humans, they didn't even bark when brought inside.
Workers say they'd been mostly kept in cages.
Some may need some rehabilitation.
“We’re looking for skin conditions, ear problems, considering where these animals came from, chronic nutrition problems, dental problems, because we don't think that they've had much care,” said DeFilippi.
After the animals are examined and monitored, they will be ready for adoption. But the humane society says if you want to adopt these pets, you may need some experience with animals.
“We are looking for people who really have a lot of patience and are willing to work with the animals. And understand that they are essentially a puppy as far as their social skills and training goes,” said DeBaker.
Workers say with a little love, these dogs could easily become part of your family, in their forever home.
The Bay Area Humane Society says the dogs probably won't be ready for adoption for at least a week.
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