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Nearly 1,000 W. Va. dogs relocated

Nearly all of the almost 1,000 dogs seized from a Parkersburg breeding kennel have been transported to out-of-state shelters and rehabilitation facilities, where many of them will soon be available for adoption.

Only 61 dogs remain in an emergency shelter set up by the Humane Society of Parkersburg, said Maryann Hollis, executive director. Most are dachshunds, Jack Russell terriers and Yorkshire terriers. Hollis said the society had received more than 300 applications from people interested in adopting them.

“Local residents get first priority to thank them for being so supportive,” Hollis told the Charleston Daily Mail.  “The demand to adopt one of these precious pups has been tremendous. The compassion of the local community is like nothing I have ever seen before.”

Officials say 982 small-breed dogs and puppies were taken from Whispering Oaks Kennel on Aug. 23 after owner Sharon Roberts agreed to give up the dogs and cease her breeding business permanently.

They dogs taken to a warehouse in Parkersburg, then relocated to shelters and rescues from Utah to Virginia.

Those include: The Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington D. C.; Virginia Beach SPCA in Virginia Beach, Va.; Dashchund Rescue of North America; Danville SPCA in Danville, Ky.; Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah; North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, N.Y.; The Sterile Feral in Georgia; the Ohio Federation of Humane Societies located throughout Ohio; Luv4K9s in Dayton, Ohio; Citizens for Humane Action in Columbus, Ohio; Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue in California; Society for Improvement of the Coalition of Stray Animals; Purebred Rescue of Ohio and A Forever Home in Chantilly, Va.

Both Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the Humane Society of the United States were on the scene over the weekend to assist with the temporary housing of the dogs.

For more information about adopting the West Virginia dogs, contact the Humane Society of Parkersburg  at 304-422-5541, extension 116.

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