EAST LAMPTER TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY—187 dogs taken from a Columbia County home on July 19th are now in animal shelters across the state. The dogs, which are mostly Chihuahuas, should be ready within the week for adoption to good homes.
"This is one of the worst cases of animal hoarding we've seen in Pennsylvania, but through the efficient work of dog wardens, state and county animal response teams and local animal shelters, the dogs are one step closer to finding healthy forever homes," said Executive Deputy Secretary Mike Pechart, who oversees dog law enforcement activities at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
After their rescue, the dogs were then housed overnight at a temporary emergency shelter at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
15 of those dogs are now at the Humane League of Lancaster County. They have been checked by the veterinary staff and will continue to receive follow-up medical care.
"They have been through a lot in the past couple of days so we weren't quite sure what we would be dealing with, thankfully though most of them seem to be pretty healthy and they are pretty outgoing and social," says Mary Wallick with the Humane League.
The dogs should be ready for adoption sometime this week. If you can't adopt a dog, they are also in need of donations. For more information: http://humaneleague.com/
The rest of the dogs have been taken to animal shelters across Pennsylvania. They will be available for adoption from the following shelters:
Adams County SPCA
11 Goldenville Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Antietam Humane Society
8513 Lyons Road
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Berks Animal Rescue League
58 Kennett Road
Birdsboro, Pa 19508