Updated: November 13, 2017
In late October, Animal Humane Society's Critical Response Team rescued 104 dogs (42 adults and 62 puppies) abandoned on a property in rural Lincoln County, Minnesota. Our humane agents worked with the Lincoln County Sheriff to secure custody of the dogs, which had been living outdoors in unsanitary and unsafe conditions.
Since taking them in, we’ve been providing urgent medical and behavioral care. Many of the dogs arrived at AHS with severe health and behavior issues, including parasites and Parvovirus, a highly contagious disease that is often fatal in dogs. Unfortunately, seven puppies died and four others were euthanized as a result of this deadly infection.
Six more puppies were born in our care.
Now that the required 10-day hold on these animals has expired, we've begun placing healthy and behaviorally sound dogs from this case in the adoption center in Golden Valley. Many of the puppies were placed in foster care until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered.
We've also reached out to our rescue partners for help placing 21 of these dogs with significant behavior challenges. Living in the shelter has caused these 21 dogs to display high-stress behaviors — to the point their quality of life is significantly diminished in a shelter environment. We are grateful to our rescue partners for their commitment to helping these animals.
Additionally, two adult dogs from this case were euthanized due to severe health and behavior challenges.
All of the remaining dogs from this case have either been adopted or will become available for adoption at AHS over the next several weeks.