More than 90 Yorkshire Terriers and Yorkshire Terrier Mixed Dogs are receiving medical attention after being rescued from a North County aftercare facility last week.
The San Diego Humane Society helped rescue the 92 dogs from unsanitary conditions in a North County home on Friday. Officials said the owner sought help for the animals.
“The owners of these dogs are an elderly couple who asked for our help,” Stephen MacKinnon, director of Humane Law Enforcement for the San Diego Humane Society, said in a statement. “We experience such situations all too often when well-meaning people interfere over their heads.”
The dogs were taken to the San Diego Humane Society campus in San Diego.
Over the weekend, veterinarians and animal care teams examined the rescued puppies. Some dogs had to have their fur shaved to remove severe tangles. Others needed medication for wounds and other ailments.
“We are always afraid to see such a situation. It is tragic for the animals and often also for the people involved. But when that happens, our first reaction is always with the animals, ”said Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society, in a statement.
“We want to get them out of a dangerous situation as quickly and compassionately as possible – both for the animals and for the people involved,” Weitzman said in a press release.
Humane Society vets estimate it will take a few weeks for the dogs to be ready for adoption. The Humane Society estimates the dogs will be put up for adoption in mid to late February.
The Humane Society does not currently have a waiting list. Dogs are made available according to the “first come, first served” principle.