Some Shih Tzus available for adoption starting Saturday

Published: Jan. 15, 2016 at 4:50 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2016 at 4:50 PM MST
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(Source: Tucson News Now)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Several of the 37 dogs taken from a Bisbee Junction home Thursday night will be ready for adoption starting Saturday.

The dogs -- 36 Shih Tzu and one poodle -- are being cared for by the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in Tucson.

"Because there is a high interest, we are not placing holds or attaching names to the dogs. They will be adoptable on a first-come, first-serve basis." said Animal Services Supervisor Kim Ward.

To avoid an overrun at the humane society's man campus, the available dogs will be split up between two campus:

  • Main Campus at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. (Opens at 11 a.m.)
  • PAWSH store at La Encantada Mall (Opens at 10 a.m.)

Once they are vaccinated, fixed and vetted, the rest of the dogs will be available.

"Our adoption process starts with a fact sheet," Ward said. "They have to come to the shelter. We encourage them to bring other dogs in he home & children to see how they fit."

Contact the Humane Society at 520-327-6088 for more information.

The Shih Tzu, 30 males and six females, are between 1 1/2 and 5 years old. The poodle is female and has one eye.

The dogs were picked up Thursday by Cochise County Sheriff's Office Animal Control and a representative of Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter.

There were 63 dogs in the mobile home when officials arrived.

Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said the dogs were fine, and while cluttered, the home was in good condition.

Ward was hesitant to call it a case of hoarding.

"A hoarder doesn't ask for help," she said. "A hoarder ends up having their dogs confiscated. She helped us pick who would be the most adoptable and made sure we had everyone's name and age.

"I was really impressed with the level of care she was able to provide 63 dogs inside her mobile home," Ward said.

Cochise County requires dog owners who have more than 20 dogs to have a kennel permit so the homeowner agreed to turn over Shih Tzu and poodle.

Officers let the homeowner keep 26 other dogs but she was issued a written warning for failure to provide a kennel permit and has 30 days to get a permit or she faces a misdemeanor charge.

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