Marin County takes 100 rescued dogs

March 15, 2008 12:14:20 PM PDT
A Bay Area animal shelter processed about 100 Chihuahuas that arrived Friday night from Arizona. They were among roughly 800 dogs seized at a puppy mill outside Tucson.

The dogs are getting quite a few applications and the dogs are getting ready for bed.

They went through a little bit of a triage on Friday night, but they are now on their playpens. They were checked out, de-wormed and a few medical issues came up, including mild dehydration and some runny eyes.

The dogs arrived just after 9:30 p.m. on Friday night. The ride took more than 14 hours from Tucscon.

Close to 100 dogs arrived at the Marin County Humane Society, most are Chihuahuas including a few puppies. There are other breeds and they were all rescued from a puppy mill in Tucson where authorities found 800 dogs being bred by an elderly couple.

The Humane Society in Arizona became overwhelmed. Marin County was there, saw what was going on and offered to help.

So on Friday night, the Arizona Rescue Mission rolled into the Bay Area.

"First it was worth it because of the Arizona Humane Society. They are working so hard and just to be there to help them it's wonderful. And just to these wonderful animals, they have been perfect, they are loud now and they have been perfect the whole time. So it was definitely worth it to come back to this and to come back this and all the support. So, we did good," said Keri Fennell from the Marin Humane Society.

At closing time, the Marin Humane Society had already received about 120 applications, a number that's expected to rise, of course that is more than they are dogs.

The dogs spent the night at the Humane Society in Marin, and on Saturday they are going to go to foster homes as they are processed for adoption, checked up for vaccinations, spaying and neutering.

They will be available for the public to get. It will take about a week to process all of the applications and will cost $135 dollars if a dog is adopted.

Already, their lives are getting better.