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After animal hoarding case, most dogs find new homes
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After animal hoarding case, most dogs find new homes

TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- Two months after the biggest animal confiscation case in Sarasota County history, some of the rescued dogs are still being cared for by animal rescues and shelters as they wait for forever families.

In May, more than 250 dogs were seized from a home in Venice. They were packed into cages that looked like chicken coops, and many had parasites and urinary tract infections. They apparently belonged to a woman who had turned from a breeder into a hoarder.

Photo Gallery: Over 350 animals rescued from Venice home

"We couldn't even tell what kind of dogs they were, what was the front, what was the back," says Dari Oglesby from Honor Animal Rescue in Bradenton, which took in 47 of the dogs. "They had dreadlocks. They were so neglected."

"It was heartbreaking," adds Kim Rinaldi of Canine Castaways in Arcadia, which cared for 15 of the rescues. "Some of the ones we took were under a year old, so for their whole life they had been cramped inside a little chicken coop."

Two months later, Honor Animal Rescue has lead all of its rescues to recovery, and has adopted out all except two.

"They're learning to trust people, learning to play, learning to have toys," says Oglesby.

One of those two dogs is Peanut, a 4-year-old chihuahua who never barks. Before he arrived at Honor Animal Rescue, he cowered at the sight of anyone trying to pick him up. Now, he gets along well with others, even strangers, and would make a great lap dog.

Canine Castaways is now down to three dogs from the Venice hoarding case. One of them is Shelby, who used to hide away inside a bookcase shortly after being rescued. Now, she's no longer scared of people and loves to play with toys.

"To actually get pictures from the people who have adopted them as part of a family, and being a normal dog, it's a huge difference," Rinaldi says.

Now, the hope is that every dog will have its day after being saved from squalor.

"It's all behind them," says Oglesby, "and they're moving on to the life they deserve."

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