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The president of the Humane Society of Hall County says the 57 dogs rescued from an alleged Cumming puppy mill may be ready to adopt next week.
"The problem is we have a backlog for spaying and neutering," said Rick Aiken.
"We already spay and neuter all the animals adopted from our shelter, plus we have our low-cost spay/neuter program for the public. Now we’ve got these 57 surgeries on top of that."
Aiken said they may bring in an extra veterinarian over the weekend to help perform some of the surgeries.
He said that the rescued dogs, which the Georgia Department of Agriculture seized from a breeding kennel March 4 after the owner was accused of neglect, also need more time to receive treatment for skin and dental problems.
Aiken said the humane society has been "flooded with calls" since word got out about the dogs, which are all small breeds such as Yorkshire terriers, chihuahuas and dachshunds.
He said when the dogs are ready for adoption, a date will be set for interested people to come to the animal shelter and sign up.
They then will be given a time for when they can come and view the dogs.
"We’re basically going to have to have people line up and take a number, because there’s not room to have everyone in the shelter at the same time and we need to do this in an orderly manner," Aiken said.
The humane society usually posts photos of its available animals on the Web site petfinder.com, but Aiken said there is enough local demand for the rescued dogs that he doesn’t see a need to advertise them nationally.