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Are Neglected Dogs Smart Choices For Pets?

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 9/25/2013 11:28 pm

20 of the 22 dogs found hoarded in an Elliot County home are now ready for adoption.

The Lexington Humane Society took in these dogs a little over a week ago. They said the dogs have passed the health and temperament tests, and can now find new homes.

But after being malnourished, not having food or water, and living in their own feces, are these dogs a smart choice for a pet?

“You know those dogs from those hoarding type environments, you know they can have some significant health problems,” Dr. Craig Blair, Clays Mill Vet Clinic, said.

Blair said the short term problems are physical: malnutrition, parasites, eye infections and mange. But he said all of these are curable.

He added that psychological scares are where long term repercussions hit.

When bringing home dogs that have been neglected, Blair said the main thing is not to push the dogs and let them get comfortable on their own.

The Lexington Humane Society said neglected dogs are as fine as any of the other animals they have for adoption.

Right now, the center said treatment for the 22 dogs has totaled $3,000.

If you would like for information on how you can help them financially cover the expenses, visit their website at www.adoptlove.net.
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