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September 8, 2013

First abandoned puppy adopted

SOMERSET — One of the 25 dogs seized from a dilapidated mobile home in Stoystown on Sept. 2 has been adopted and humane society officials are hoping to find caring homes for the other dogs.

“We hope to have a couple more adopted through the weekend,” said David Mayhugh, officer with the Somerset County Humane Society. “We just started taking applications.”

Humane society officials seized the animals from a Stoystown home after receiving a tip about abandoned dogs. They first thought there were six dogs, then 10.

“The number kept growing,” Mayhugh said.

The number totaled 25 dogs, including 3-week-old puppies found beneath an overturned table in a home with broken windows, a torn couch, and feces and urine covering the floor.

The dogs are spitzes, a Nordic type dog characterized by its thick fur.

Five of the dogs were taken to the humane society in Indiana County. That eased the burden for the Somerset shelter, which normally cares for 25-30 dogs, Mayhugh said.

A veterinarian is treating the animals for fleas and worms before their adoption, he said.

The woman who owns the animals could be charged with animal cruelty, but that won’t be determined until the investigation is completed, Mayhugh said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was not living in the home.

“She may have thought she was doing the right thing caring for the dogs, but it was an overwhelming situation that quickly got out of control,” Mayhugh said.

The application process usually takes 24 to 48 hours. Applicants must supply a reference from a veterinarian and three references from non-family members.

Anyone interested in adopting a dog can contact the humane society at 443-2121.

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