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Abandoned dogs find new homes
All but three of 13 dogs abandoned at the New Westminster animal shelter in the middle of a Friday night two weeks ago have been adopted to new homes.
James Short, an animal control officer at the shelter, said there was "a lot of public interest" after the dogs appeared at their doorstep at the start of the Labour Day weekend. At first staff thought they were dealing with a dozen dogs, but one had escaped its cage and was found later wandering nearby. They were amongst two mass abandonments that night as another 38 dogs were dropped at an animal shelter in Richmond.
Short said while all the small terrier crosses appeared in good health, the sudden appearance of so many dogs strained the resources of the small shelter located in Queensborough.
"Staffing was a challenge," said Short, adding none of the dogs were housebroken so required "constant cleanup. We couldn't just let them go out in the yard."
A donation of training pads from a local business helped make that job a little easier said Short.
The dogs, aged eight months to about five years, required checkups from a vet and a full regime of vaccinations. They also got names, so staff could identify them. One, Dudley, appears to be blind, with cataracts in both eyes.
Short said the dogs were friendly and socialized with each other when they arrived, so they could be put three to a kennel as they awaited adoption.
And while the initial flurry of interest has subsided, Short said he's optimistic the remaining dogs will have new homes soon.
"It's pretty crazy how quickly they came in and how quickly they went out," said Short. Another dog was picked up by her new people Saturday afternoon.
Short said shelter staff are still investigating where the dogs may have come from but as they weren't abused and seemed well cared for, "it's not a police matter."