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The Scoop: Nearly 800 Dogs Too Many


Holy moly, I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard about the story of a Tucson-area couple living with about 800 dogs in a triple-wide mobile home. I'm having trouble even visualizing 800 dogs period, let alone in such a small space. Thankfully, the authorities were tipped off and have stepped in to remove and check the health and well-being of the pups, some of which were found pregnant or missing paws. I'm hoping they can find new homes soon as several rescue organizations are taking some of the dogs, including our nearby Marin Humane Society. Reports say the elderly couple was clearly overwhelmed in trying to care for the pets, which included many small dogs like Chihuahuas, Chinese Crested, and Lhasa Apso, in addition to 82 caged parrots. While I'm very saddened by this case, I'm shocked that no one said or did anything about it sooner – animal welfare officials were first alerted by a woman who bought a Chihuahua there and reported these conditions. I can't imagine she was the first to make a visit to this home. What would you do if confronted with this?

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