September 29, 2003 at 1:22 AM CDT - Updated June 24 at 12:51 AM
They say every dog has it's day and Northeast Arkansans for Animals is trying to make sure every dog has a home as well. Rosemary Smith is thinking of adopting. She doesn't have a name for her pooch yet, but she plans to take her to a loving home. Something they are are unfamiliar with.
"I'd adopt them all if i could take care of them. They need love, even more than a little dog that's been mistreated and that's what I feel like I need to do."
These dogs are some of the 127 the USDA seized from Martin Creek Kennels owned by C.C. Baird, a dog dealer investigated for abuse.
Wannda Turner of NE Arkansans for animals says, "They've been through starvation, they've been through beatings, they've been through neglect."
She says it's obvious many of them were once someone's pet, and it only takes a little to get them to open up again.
"A gentle hand and a quiet word and they begin to come out of their shell just nicely."
When the organization first received 29 of the rescued dogs, Turner says they were so afraid of humans she had to pin them down to even pet them.
Smith says adopting one of these animals is a sign of compassion.
"When you take care of an animal something that's been abused and neglected I mean what else can you do other than a child."
Turner says the biggest rewards come in the end.
"Each is coming out of their shell and each has love to give back now we're even getting kisses from some and that's a big thing."
For more information on how to adopt these and other animals contact Northeast Arkansas for Animals at (870) 935-6411.