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Neglected Sussex County Dogs Recovering, Three Set for Adoption

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A dog named "Yams" was one of fourteen dogs that the Delaware Division of Public Health said were found neglected at a property in Millsboro. (Nick Layman/WBOC) A dog named "Yams" was one of fourteen dogs that the Delaware Division of Public Health said were found neglected at a property in Millsboro. (Nick Layman/WBOC)

NEW CASTLE, Del. -- More than a dozen dogs that public health officials said were emaciated and neglected in Sussex County are recovering from their conditions and being readied for adoption.

Following spay/neuter operations, three dogs recovered from a property in Millsboro will be made available for adoption at the Brandywine Valley SPCA's facility in New Castle.

"They'll be able to find new homes as early as tomorrow and that's really our end goal and our hope for all the dogs that were involved in the case," said Walt Fenstermacher, the facility's executive director.

In total, 14 dogs were rescued from the property, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. One of the dogs is with a foster home in Sussex County, while the remaining 13 were taken to the SPCA in New Castle.

DPH said four deceased dogs were found at the property. Officials said Atwood Timmons II of Millsboro, was arrested on 18 charges of animal cruelty and other charges concerning housing, care, rabies vaccination and dog licensing violations..

The dogs at the SPCA are being fed and nurtured so they can be adopted. For some of them, it could take weeks or months.

"The dogs when they came to us were in culture shock. They hadn't really been around people," he said. "They only really knew each other and they didn't really know how to be dogs other than their little group."

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