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Newton shelter to receive surrendered dogs from southeast Kansas breeder

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 4:17 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 9:09 p.m.

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A Newton animal shelter will be getting 17 of 37 dogs that a southeastern Kansas breeder has voluntarily surrendered to the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division.

Will Tate, fundraising and marketing director for the Caring Hands Humane Society, said the Lhasa apsos and Chihuahuas will arrive Tuesday at the shelter.

Tate said he didn’t know much about the breeder except apparently “they became a little overwhelmed and called in the Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division. That’s as much as we know about the actual surrender.”

The breeder has volunteered to give up 22 Lhasa apsos and 15 Chihuahuas. Caring Hands will get 17 of them Tuesday.

The shelter will close early at 4 p.m. Tuesday to ease the “stress that’s put on the animals,” Tate said.

The first day the animals will be available for public viewing will be Wednesday, when the shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tate said he’s not sure what condition the dogs will be in when they arrive.

“But it’s been our experience that they’re not (in good shape),” he said. “Usually their hair is matted and they’ve been laying in feces and urine. But we don’t know what to expect.”

The shelter will clean and groom the animals.

They will not be up for adoption for a while, Tate said, because the animals will need to be spayed or neutered and tested for health problems. But he hopes the shelter will find homes for all of them.

A news release from the shelter said that its online adoption applications would not be available Wednesday morning. People wishing to place a hold on any of the animals for eventual adoption must complete an application in person.

The shelter is located at 1400 S.E. Third in Newton.

More information is available by calling 316-283-0839 or by visiting the shelter’s website at http://www.caringhandshs.org.

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