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Home Dog Breeder Busted; Dogs Sent to Decatur Shelter
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DECATUR, GA -- More than three dozen adult dogs and puppies have been confiscated from a home breeder in Morgan County, Georgia, about an hour east of Atlanta, and taken to a no-kill shelter in Decatur.

That's great for the dogs.

But the shelter, PAWS Atlanta, is now overflowing with rescued dogs, and could use some help itself.

"We were planning on getting about 20 dogs" explained shelter operations manager Tara Mitchell, "We got thirty-eight. We couldn't say no."

Mitchell went to get them after being contacted by Morgan County animal control.

"It was relatively clean, actually" Tara Mitchell said of the puppy mill. "The dogs looked to be in pretty good condition. So, we were expecting the worst. But it wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be."

They rescued Poodles, Chihuahuas, Yorkies, a Dachshund, and a Maltese.

Taking the dogs has put a lot of pressure on PAWS.

"We are a very small shelter," Mitchell said. "We usually house about 120 animals at a time. And we had to figure out, can we financially take, how many dogs can we take?"

A small group of animal lovers has already committed to providing foster homes for some of the dogs. The Department of Agriculture requires PAWS to inspect each foster home to ensure that the pets are put in the right environment.

"We fostered some puppies long about a month ago," David Willard said. "And we decided we liked it. So we're going to foster some more."

The rescued dogs will be spayed, neutered, de-wormed, vaccinated and held in quarantine for two weeks.

They will be put up for adoption in early October.

For more information about these dogs, the adoption event, and PAWS Atlanta, go to their website or call (770) 593-1155.

Considering what could have happened to them, these pooches are the living definition of "lucky dogs."

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