How to adopt
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Where: 1688 Barber Road, Gainesville
How much: $85 per dog
More info: 678-450-1587 or animalshelter.hallcounty.org
Some of the dogs rescued from “deplorable” conditions at a Lula home should be up for adoption Friday at the Hall County Animal Shelter.
Two of the male puppies played Thursday at the shelter. Another dog, still covered in fleas, stood outside adjusting to the new setting.
Cindy Langman, program coordinator for the shelter, marveled at the dogs’ condition given that authorities reported all 59 dogs were living in a mobile home in the 8400 block of Romey Savage Road.
“You wouldn’t expect them to be as healthy as they are and as friendly,” Langman said.
Some require more work, but 39 were healthy enough to soon be available for adoption. Some will likely be available Friday.
The rescued dogs included 37 females and 22 males, which were mostly up to ages of 2 or 3. All needed treatment for fleas. All but two are short-haired Jack Russell terriers, according to the shelter, and Langman said most are brown and white or reddish brown. There is also one long-haired schnauzer and an older female Chihuahua.
The shelter’s veterinary technicians were busy Thursday giving vaccinations, health checks and flea treatments to the dogs, in addition to working with their normal intake of animals.
Langman said between rescues and walk-ins, plus media attention about the dogs’ rescue, she said the shelter feels like it will have “pretty good luck adopting them out.” Rescues foster the dogs before adopting them out to permanent owners.
Richard Vaught and Kimberly Halulka, who lived in the Lula home where the dogs were found, were each charged with animal cruelty, Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley has said.
The number of dogs Vaught brought in over previous months caused suspicion that led to the dogs’ rescue, Langman said.
“To their credit, they did turn them in occasionally,” Langman said.
The dogs can be adopted for $85 each at the Hall County Animal Shelter, 1688 Barber Road, Gainesville. The shelter is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call 678-450-1587.