Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Adopt a dog

The care for more than 100 dogs found inside a Dearborn house continued Monday as volunteers worked to assess the health of the animals.

More than 250 dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, were found inside a house on Orchard Street last Wednesday.

Dearborn police and animal rescue workers began Wednesday and worked until Saturday to pull out 112 live dogs and between 150-160 dead dogs.

Dogs were pulled out of walls, closets, old TV sets, the basement and the trunk of the homeowners' car.

Forty-two ailing and feces-covered dogs were rescued Wednesday. Crews returned Thursday and found more than 60 dogs.

On Friday, police found 150 dogs packed in old freezers throughout the home. Six more were discovered Saturday.

The surviving dogs have been taken to the Dearborn Animal Shelter, where their conditions are being evaluated.

“We’re finding a little bit more about them, learning about them, getting them acclimated to being held, getting touched and getting vaccinations,” said Sandy Boulton, a spokeswoman for the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Boulton said the conditions of the dogs vary.

“Some of them are just fine, but a little scared and jittery,” Boulton said. “Some are in need of more food. They weren’t maybe the more dominant ones in the group, so they didn’t get to eat so much.”

Dogs Can't Be Adopted Until Owner Or His Family Agree

Some of the dogs are expected to be available for adoption within the next few weeks, but not until a few legal matters are cleared up.