All of the 174 dogs seized last month at a rural North Dakota breeding operation are available for adoption.
The dogs – Shih Tzus, Maltese and Yorkies, and crosses of those breeds – are currently living in foster homes spread out across the region since their July 10 rescue, according to the Dickinson Press.
Authorities took the dogs from breeder Darcy Smith, of Wheatland, N.D., on July 10 after reports they were being kept in poor condition. Smith has decided not to seek to regain custody of the dogs, according to the Forum News Service out of Fargo-Moorhead.
A judge gave custody of the dogs to the Cass County sheriff in North Dakota (not to be confused with the Cass County in Minnesota), who turned them over to a group called 4 Luv of Dog for adoption.
Amy Kracht, president of the group, tells the Grand Forks Herald that people who want to adopt dogs can now fill out applications online, but the process may take a week to 10 days to complete.
Each adoption requires an in-home visit with a rescue volunteer to make certain potential owners have fenced spaces and other appropriate arrangements for a dog, she warns, adding that the process is purposely thorough.
“Sometimes people will make an impulse application” she tells the Herald, which rarely ends well for that dog. “We do visits to make sure your house – and all the people in it – want the dog.”