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Toto too? Wizard of Claws dogs find homes

Nine of the 32 dogs removed last week from the Wizard of Claws — a Pembroke Pines, Florida, store that was notorious for selling puppy-mill-born designer dogs — were put up for adoption over the weekend, and they all found homes.

Dozens of people lined up outside the Broward County Humane Society to adopt, many returning home empty-handed after learning that most of the dogs taken from the store aren’t ready for adoption yet.

The dogs were removed from The Wizard of Claws on Thursday after an anonymous donor purchased the entire stock of the store, which had declared bankruptcy and closed its doors Monday. The shop was the subject of a class action lawsuit claiming it had sold sick and dying pups.

When The Humane Society of the United States learned the bankruptcy trustee intended to auction off the remaining puppies housed at the store, an anonymous donor stepped in to sponsor the dogs, and The HSUS brokered a deal to have all 32 dogs placed for adoption.

The dogs include Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Maltese, Pomeranians, dachshunds and Shih-tzus.

“The bankruptcy and liquidation of Wizard of Claws should be a wake-up call for puppy mill dog peddlers everywhere, and serve as a stark reminder of why people should never buy puppies from pet stores or over the Internet,” said Jonathan R. Lovvorn, vice president and chief counsel for animal protection litigation and research for The HSUS.

“This is a wonderful and unexpected happy ending for these puppies, and we are enormously grateful to the dogs’ anonymous benefactor and the Broward County Humane Society for making this rescue possible,” he added.

Some of the 100 people who stood in line for hours to adopt the dogs weren’t too thrilled, though, according to CBS4 in Florida.

“They led us to believe there were 30 dogs, we waited all this time to find out there were only nine dogs available,” said Ralph Delora.

The nine dogs adopted out Saturday have to be spayed and neutered and will go home with their families Sunday. There are still about a dozen that need to get well before they will be put up for adoption.


Comment from Gina
Time June 16, 2009 at 8:31 am

Thank you to the “anonymous donor”
May all of these pups live a long and happy life!!

Comment from gg allen
Time June 25, 2009 at 10:25 am

aspca took 20 dogs from a friend of mine in alabama 6-01-09. they had them all killed and all were very well taken care of healthy, very friendly american pit bull terriers. What is happening to people’s or pet’s rights? i think aspca and hsus is out to ban the american pit bull terrier at any cost. what’s next siamese fighting fish at wal-mart, what about large chicken houses? are these next? be aware….

Comment from doglover
Time September 7, 2009 at 7:26 pm

They took those 20 dogs from your “friend” because they were breeding for fighting. and I love the pit bull, no the aspca is not trying to ban it just stop people like you and your friend from hurting, abusing, and fighting these wonderfull dogs. Your friend should be ashamed of himself for even letting it get like this. we need to ban pet owners like you and your friend it what needs to be done.