Dozens of dogs discovered in overwhelmed Monroe house now finding new homes

One of 46 dogs found in a Monroe home Thursday, June 11, 2020, that needs a new home. PROVIDED

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One of 46 dogs found in a Monroe home Thursday, June 11, 2020, that needs a new home. PROVIDED

A total of 47 dogs were collected on Wednesday morning from a Monroe home after the owners became overwhelmed when the dogs began to breed and have multiple litters.

By Friday afternoon, all but 12 were adopted or placed with a rescue shelter or foster care.

“This has been a busy place for the past few days,” said Tara Bowser, executive director of Animal Friends Humane Society. “We spent Wednesday getting them processed.

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On Thursday, Bowser said people were wrapped around their building wanting to adopt the dogs as word was spread via social media and media outlets.

Bowser said the organization placed 15 with new homes and other dogs were placed in foster care pending adoption. She said the foster care people will review applications to assist with the adoptions. However, one dog with 11 puppies will remain at the Animal Friends shelter until they are eight weeks old and can be spayed and neutered, she said.

The dogs at the shelter appear to be Chihuahuas, Chihuahua-mix or Pekingese-mix with long and short coats of fur.

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Butler County officials were contacted by a neighbor who requested a welfare check on the animals next door because of the condition of the backyard, according to a social media post by the shelter. The post said the the dogs ranged in ages between 3 weeks to 10 years old, with the majority being young adults dogs.

The social media post said the dogs were found to be living indoors, and the owners said they had gotten in over their heads when the dogs began to breed and have multiple litters over the years. The family was relieved to have help and willingly signed all of the dogs over to the care and custody to the shelter.

The shelter said with the exception of a large amount of fleas found on all of them, especially on the puppies, all the dogs appear to be healthy. It is evident they were loved and were paid attention to in their home, according to Animal Friends.

Each of the dogs received age-appropriate vaccines, de-worming, flea prevention, and heartworm tests.

For more information about adopting one of the dogs or other animals at the shelter, applications can be downloaded from their website and can be emailed to once it’s complete.

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