In The Doghouse
An elderly couple in Queens, NY had 33 poodles removed from their house on Wednesday.
A social worker who visits the owners alerted the ASPCA due to the deteriorating conditions inside the house.
"It was overwhelming," said Alison Cardona, director of disaster response for the ASPCA.
"There were poodles everywhere. The whole house was packed full of miniature white dogs, the heaviest of which was 20 pounds. They were literally everywhere, scurrying under sofas and under beds and peeking out at us.
"I can't even describe what it was like in there. This was 33 dogs in one home, they weren't going outside and they weren't being walked.
"Let's just say conditions were deteriorating quickly."
The couple is not facing charges, it just looks like a situation that got out of control. Due to the age of the couple and health problems they weren't able to care for the dogs properly anymore. Not being able to find homes for them led to a downward spiral and way too many dogs in a two-bedroom house.
The dogs, the youngest of which is only 2 months old, were taken from the home to the ASPCA's adoption center on East 92nd Street.
For most of the pooches, it was thought to have been their first trip outside.
The dogs were being groomed and given care at the center before being put up for adoption, said Cardona. She said the chances of finding homes were very good. "They're tiny little things, and people in New York like little dogs," she said.
I can't think of a better way to end American Humane's Adopt-A-Dog Month than by adopting an adorable white poodle.