15,000 inquire about rescued Yorkshire terriers

SPRINGFIELD | The Humane Society of Missouri has received more than 15,000 inquiries about adopting Yorkshire terriers rescued from a Greene County kennel last month.

The society said Tuesday the crush of interest has forced it to stop taking online applications to adopt the dogs, which were seized Feb. 13 from a filthy, unlicensed facility north of Springfield. Most of the 100 dogs seized were Yorkshire terriers.

Humane Society spokeswoman Jeane Jae said potential adopters will be asked if they have ever cared for dogs from puppy mills, because many of the animals have health problems. People chosen to adopt one of the dogs will have to pick them up at the Humane Society's St. Louis headquarters. As of late last week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture had rescued more than 1,100 dogs from substandard facilities in Missouri.