UPDATE: Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton has received seven of the nearly two dozen dogs that
Kansas Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division seized. Three of the Lhasa Apsos have already been adopted by families.
In a news release, a spokesperson says a total of five females and two males were brought to the shelter. They have since been groomed, vaccinated and tested for various illnesses.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A southeast Kansas breeder surrenders more than two dozen dogs to the state.
The breeder had a license but the state says nearly half the dogs were too old or sick to be saved. The remaining dogs were placed in shelters.
There are seven new dogs at the Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton. They were specially delivered by the state, all the way from Woodson County.
“The dogs being surrendered, we're kind of their last resort,” Will Tate with the Caring Hands Humane Society said.
We're told a breeder, who wanted to get out of the business, surrendered 29 dogs to the state. The dogs are all full bred Lhasa Apsos and Chihuahuas.
Caring Hands was expecting to get 17 of the animals but only got seven. Of the 29 dogs surrendered, the state had to put down 11 because they were too old or sick.
The seven dogs at Caring Hands are in pretty rough shape. Their hair is matted and they're all shy and nervous.
“We know that they've been living in an above ground outdoor cage situation so a lot of them haven't ever felt a solid surface before. So that's going to be a new experience even in the cage they're in right now,” Tate said.
The caring hands staff will spend the next few days working with the dogs, getting them healthy and looking their best.
“We'll probably end up shaving most of them down and they'll look a lot different than they do now,” Tate said.
Staff members say if anyone is considering adding a pet to their family this holiday season, they hope they'll consider adopting instead of buying from breeders.
“There are a lot of dogs and animals that can be adopted right now. Breeders aren't bad, breeding isn't bad but we have such an over abundance in population in cats and dogs that we need to start there first,” Tate said.
All the dogs are out at Caring Hands, ready to be seen, even adopted now. But they won't be ready to go home for at least a week. That gives veterinarians time to make sure they're healthy for their new homes.
18 dogs were placed at 4 shelters in Kansas. The other three shelters are in Johnson, Pawnee and Franklin counties. The Department of Agriculture says splitting the dogs up increases their chances of all getting adopted.