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More Rescued Dogs Available for Adoption Friday in Wicomio Co.

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Rescued dogs at the Humane Society of Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC) Rescued dogs at the Humane Society of Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Twenty more of the 310 rescued dogs from a suspected Wicomico County puppy mill will be available for adoption at the Humane Society of Wicomico County on Friday.

The dogs were pulled from a home on Cooper Road in Eden on April 6.  Investigators and police were at the home, owned by Robert and Susan Murphy, for 14 hours.  All of the dogs were removed from "deplorable conditions," according to the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.

WBOC visited the Humane Society on Thursday for an update on the pups.  Aaron Balsamo, the executive director of the Humane Society, said a dozen of the dogs were up for adoption recently and there were not enough dogs to go around.

"Even a little bit after the staff came in in the morning for cleaning, there were people sitting outside waiting," Balsamo said. "Once we did open our doors, there was a line out the door.  This entire lobby was filled with people."

The dogs are in much better condition now than they were when they arrived in early April.  They've all been groomed and received necessary medical attention.  Humane Society staff say the dogs have gone from having timid demeanors to happy animals looking for attention.

While the dogs are improving each day, caring for them has been a little easier based on the generosity of the entire Delmarva community.

"We have two semi-trailers from Perdue and we have a trailer from Jeffrey Mills that he donated. Those are all filled with donations, even still," Balsamo said.

The trailers are packed to the roof with donations that were donated, including dog food, blankets, and cleaning supplies.  

The twenty dogs available on Friday have visiting hours beginning at 11 a.m.  Visitors will need to fill out an adoption application at the humane society.  About 75 dogs remain in Wicomico County but there is no time table for all of their adoption availability.  

Some of the dogs had puppies since the rescue and the new pups need to spend time with their mothers and be either spayed or neutered before they are available to go to their new forever homes. 

Authorities said Thursday the investigation is still ongoing as police continue to gather evidence in the case.  Prosecutors said two weeks ago that charges could be filled in this case within 45 days.

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