CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Nearly 200 Chihuahuas are in need of new homes.
The Pennsylvania Dog Wardens said they removed the dogs from an animal hoarder's home in Columbia County. And some are now in Berks County receiving care.
"They weren't aggressive with each other. They were able to be handled. They weren't nipping at our staff," said Ashley Mikulsky of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.
The ARL is looking over each dog. One Chihuahua, Desi, will be put in foster care to get medical care.
"That's a quick evaluation we look at their skin, coat, whether or not they have fleas, their teeth to age them and then they get all their vaccinations," said Mikulsky.
The Pennsylvania Dog Wardens found 187 dogs in one person's home in Columbia County. The dogs were taken to the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg then got split up.
"We were called and asked if we could take a certain number and we said we were able to take 30 of them," said Mikulsky.
The Humane Society of Berks County took six others.
"We've built a reputation here in Berks County for being able to adopt animals that are facing problems elsewhere," said Dylan Heckart of the Humane Society of Berks County.
The Chihuahuas rarely bark and animal control can't say what they've been through.
"They also unfortunately removed a number of dead dogs from the home," said Heckart. "Because the conditions were unsanitary and because of the high volume dogs without a kennel license the animals were either seized or surrendered."
Officials said the hoarder in this case probably loved her animals.
"The sad thing about that is they just don't understand that they're not giving the proper care to their animals," said Mikulsky. "And it's almost impossible to convince them of what they need to do versus what they are doing."
If you want to help the dogs and donate money for medical care, contact the Animal Rescue League about its Noel Fund.
Most of the Chihuahuas are in good condition and will be up for adoption next week.
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