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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Rescued Dogs Need Homes

September 29, 2005 – Posted 4:39 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- K8 news reported earlier this month about what officials described as one of the worst cases of animal abuse in Clay County.

More than 30 pure bred dogs and 15 birds were rescued from a residence on County Road 402. Now, weeks later the animals are doing better and ready for homes.

“They were taken from some pretty horrific conditions. They were living naturally in mud and their own feces. They were underweight, they were dehydrated. There were dead dogs, there were dead dogs that had been there a long time,” said Wannda Turner of the Northeast Arkansans for Animals.

Nearly two weeks later, 39 dogs are up for adoption.

“They're doing exceptionally well. They’ve gained a considerable amount of weight. They’ve been checked by a vet. They’ve had their heartworm test. They’ve had their shots and they are learning to play with toys. And they are learning that human touch is a good thing,” said Turner.

The special adoption is this weekend at Petco in Jonesboro, and it shouldn't take long for the dogs to find a good home.

“I just want them to understand that these are puppy mill dogs, and there are special circumstances,” said Turner, “And when they come if they want to adopt one, they need to understand where they came from. And that will take patience and understanding.”

The special pet adoption will be on Saturday, October 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or on Sunday, October 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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