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Durham Humane Society needs homes for 31 rescued puppies

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939 days ago   Article ID# 1521886
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Humane Society of Durham Region

BRIGHTON, CANADA (durhamregion.com) - The Humane Society of Durham Region has 31 new dogs after investigators uncovered a filthy dog breeding operation in Clarington last week.

After receiving a tip from the public, animal cruelty investigator Debby Houghton attended a property in Clarington on March 22 to find a large group of dogs in unacceptable conditions. She, along with a Clarington animal control officer, found the animals that were used solely for breeding on the property that contains a house, a barn and a large shed.

The dogs were surrendered to the Humane Society and the investigation is ongoing.

The dogs include maltese, maltipoos, yorkshire terriers, corgis, westipoos, miniature schnauzers and mixes. They were found surrounded by feces and urine, and hair so filthy that it was difficult for a veterinarian to take their temperature at first.

Thanks to the generosity of local grooming salons that donated their services, all of the dogs were bathed and groomed within hours of arrival at the shelter, and they've all received vet care.

"They are lovely dogs," said Ms. Houghton. "We're talking about puppies that are nine weeks old to maltese that are as old as four."

The dogs will have some social issues from living in unsocialized conditions, but thanks to their young age, they should adjust quickly.

"Even though their social situation was minimized they should turn around quite nicely," she said.

Some, for example, have trouble walking on a leash since it's a completely foreign task for them, and they will require some extra patience and love.

This new addition of dogs puts some strain on the humane society. It now has 56 dogs in its care and is looking for responsible and caring people to take them home.

"We want them to go to their forever home and go to home that will give them love they should be getting," said Ms. Houghton.

For information on the dogs call 905-665-7430 or visit them at 1505 Wentworth St. in Whitby.

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