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Some Rescued Dogs Ready for Adoption in Camden

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The dogs are primarily of the Pomeranian breed. Some are a mix. (Photo: WBOC) The dogs are primarily of the Pomeranian breed. Some are a mix. (Photo: WBOC)
The First State Animal Center & SPCA took in 61 dogs rescued from Wicomico County. Some are ready for adoption now. (Photo: WBOC) The First State Animal Center & SPCA took in 61 dogs rescued from Wicomico County. Some are ready for adoption now. (Photo: WBOC)
Two of the dogs rescued from Wicomico County and ready for adoption in Kent County. (Photo: WBOC) Two of the dogs rescued from Wicomico County and ready for adoption in Kent County. (Photo: WBOC)

CAMDEN, Del.- Sixty one of the 300 dogs rescued last week in Wicomico County are now in Kent County for care and rehabilitation. They were brought to the First State Animal Center and SPCA this week.

Executive Director Kevin Usilton says he wants to have all of the dogs ready and adopted by early next week. He traveled to Wicomico County on Wednesday to help take care of some of the dogs and get them to local shelters.

"We spent that afternoon bathing the dogs, trying to get the urine and the feces off of them as best we could," he said. "And then yesterday we shaved some of them, we groomed some of them and we spayed all the females."

They have been working on the dogs to get them ready for the weekend and for adoption. Usilton says the dogs are in great spirits and are simply happy dogs.

"They couldn't wag their tails, because their tails were too matted to their body," he said. "So now their tails go a hundred miles an hour, so it's like a complete transformation in 40 hours of these dogs. And they're just really happy dogs."

He does note one problem that the dogs will have. They have never been house pets, so people adopting the dogs will need a lot of patience and a will to train.

"They don't know how to ride in a car. They've never been on grass. They've never seen the sunshine," he said. "So it's going to take a lot of time and energy to get them into a great pet...They're nice, happy dogs. So at least they have a good temperament to start with. They just need a little bit of training."

The animal center welcomes the public to go see the dogs and apply to adopt one. The director says a simple adoption application allows them to check for past animal cruelty charges. All of the dogs the center took in are adults, and the cost to adopt an adult dog is $125. The dogs are all spayed, neutered and vaccinated. Usilton says they all have microchips now, too.

If you cannot adopt a dog, Usilton suggests donating money to a local shelter that may have taken in some of these dogs. He says the medical procedures being done on these rescued dogs are expensive for the shelters taking them in.

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