Brandywine Valley SPCA Recovers 44 Dogs from Dover Home


The Brandywine Valley SPCA says it removed 44 mostly small dogs from a home in Dover on Friday with help from the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare. The dogs’ elderly primary caregiver passed away earlier in the week, and relatives contacted the Office of Animal Welfare for assistance with the dogs.

The dogs were primarily small breeds including Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Yorkshire Terriers. They range in age from young adults to seniors. Brandywine Valley SPCA says it took thirty of the dogs to their Animal Rescue Center in Georgetown and the remaining fourteen to their New Castle Campus. The dogs received initial exams by staff at the property and subsequently received full veterinary evaluations by the medical team.

Officials reported the dogs in good condition at intake, and are now preparing to spay and neuter them tomorrow. 36 of the dogs will be placed up for adoption, with 8 of them being returned to relatives following their surgeries. The first dogs are set to become available for adoption tomorrow at the New Castle and the Georgetown campuses, and then Wednesday at the West Chester Campus in Pennsylvania. Any dogs needing time to adjust or additional medical care will remain with Brandywine Valley SPCA as needed.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA CEO Adam Lamb says “We appreciate the next of kin taking a proactive role to ensure the safety and well-being of these dogs.” He continued “Having the infrastructure we do across the state of Delaware made us uniquely qualified to respond to that request for help.”

Christina Motoyoshi, the Director of Delaware’s Office of Animal Welfare said “We are glad that someone reached out to us for assistance so that we could remove the dogs from an unfortunate situation” and “get them into loving homes.”

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