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UPDATE: Lincoln Co. Shelter Hopes all Dogs Placed by Mid-February

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UPDATE: Fri 2:39 PM, Jan. 17, 2014

Families have now been selected for all but one of the dozens of dogs brought the Lincoln County Humane Society from an owner surrender case.

The dogs were brought to the shelter Dec. 21. In all there were 57 dogs, which grew to 62 after one of the pregnant dogs gave birth last week.

The shelter manager, Liz Friedenfels says all but 30 dogs are now with their new families with the expectation that they'll all be in new homes by mid-February.

Freindenfels says the dog yet to be placed is recovering from a c-section and needs special care.

The 30 moms and puppies awaiting to be placed with their new homes are still nursing and are being fostered by area families.

Applications are not currently being accepted due to the overwhelming influx of interest for the animals.

If you would like to help them out, here's a list of what they are looking for:

- Volunteers
- Monetary donations to help pay to spay, neuter and vaccinate the puppies
- Canned dog and cat food
- Blankets and sheets
- Heavy duty garbage bags
- Cleaning supplies

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UPDATE: Sun 10:40 PM, Dec 29, 2013

Hundreds of people are anxiously waiting to find out if they are the lucky new owners of one of those 56 puppies rescued at the Lincoln County Humane Society. Many of the dogs are currently living at the shelter, waiting to be taken to new homes, while the younger ones are living in foster homes.

It's one thing to see them while at the shelter, but when you see them in a home, a whole new side of them comes out.

Kaitelynn Krzanowski is constantly volunteering at the shelter. Her and her family couldn't help but take in and foster two of the puppy families, that's nine dogs, who are too young to adopt. She said they require a lot of attention.

"Well, get up in the morning, we have to clean them. They have to be potty trained and leash trained and they're already pretty friendly. Then mostly just play with them a lot.," said Krzanowski. "It'll be nice to see them go to good homes, but I'll miss them."

She said she may end up keeping one she's had her eye on.

These puppies are believed to be between two weeks to a month old. Right now they are starting to eat solid food as well as milk. Once they are old enough they'll be ready to be taken to new permanent homes.

The shelter manager, Liz Friedenfels said they wanted to have new owners decided by the weekend for the pups old enough to adopt. They've been going through mounds of paper work trying to decide who will be the best family for each little nugget. Those puppies will hopefully be ready to go to their new permanent homes by New Years Eve.

Friedenfels said, due to the number of applications, they will not be able to contact each applicant if they were not one of the lucky new owners chosen. She recommended to keep an eye on their Facebook page and website to see which puppies have been adopted.

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UPDATE: Fri 4:07 PM, Dec. 27, 2013

The Lincoln County Humane Society says they're hoping to have new homes for the dozen of dogs and puppies they recently acquired after a breeder surrender the dogs from hoarding-like conditions.

Shelter manager, Liz Friedenfels said some of animals could be with their new families by New Years.

Friedenfels said they have received about 520 applications; some from as far away as New York.

""We have some applications that have come from very far away... Hopefully if more local people do get to adopt then they'll continue to be involved with LCHS in the future,” Explains Friedenfels.

She says some puppies, like the Teddy Bears, are still too young to adopt. They'll review those applications when the pups are older.

If you would like to help them out, here's a list of what they are looking for:

- Volunteers
- Monetary donations to help pay to spay, neuter and vaccinate the puppies
- Canned dog and cat food
- Blankets and sheets
- Heavy duty garbage bags
- Cleaning supplies

If you'd like to volunteer, contact the shelter at (715) 536-3459.

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UPDATE: Mon 4:13 PM, Dec. 23, 2013

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is releasing new information about case involving the surrendering of more than 50 dogs.

The department said Deputies had been aware for weeks that the dogs were living at a residence on County Road J. They had been working with the owners in order to keep the residence clean and sanitary.

The landlord of the home evicted the couple; thus prompting them to contact the Humane Society and seek help in re-locating the animals.

The house and heat and running water during the entire time the dogs were staying there.

The couple had expressed an interest in obtaining a kennel license and a Deputy was trying to assist them with that process which begins each year in January.

The Lincoln County Humane Society advised all the animals are doing well.

No charges are expected to be filed against the couple.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Sun 6:29 PM, Dec. 22, 2013

The Lincoln County Humane society is asking for the public's help after they rescued more than 50 puppies from a puppy mill in Merrill Saturday afternoon.

The shelter director tells NewsChannel 7 they got a call around 1:00 P.M. Saturday from a woman looking to surrender what she said was about 25 puppies. Humane Society staff went over to the woman's home and found more than 50 puppies in need of rescuing. There was no heat and the house was an absolute mess. Despite the poor conditions, staff say surprisingly the puppies appear to be OK.

"With this situation, you know we were very lucky that we got involved when we did because with no heat in the house and very little puppies and not even a blanket in the kennel with them they wouldn't have had been as safe as they were for very long," Friedenfels explains. "That situation was drastically going to go downhill."

The Humane Society's typical capacity is 11 dogs, but since the puppies are so small they were able to move cats to make room.

They are looking for foster families for the cats as well as some of the newborn puppies and their moms. They are currently accepting adoption applications for the puppies, but have to finish filing legal paperwork before they can begin adopting the animals.

In total, 56 puppies were rescued drastically increasing the demand on the Humane Society's resources. If you would like to help them out, here's a list of what they are looking for:

- Volunteers
- Monetary donations to help pay to spay, neuter and vaccinate the puppies
- Canned dog and cat food
- Blankets and sheets
- Heavy duty garbage bags
- Cleaning supplies

Photo Courtesy: Lincoln Co. Humane Society

Photo Courtesy: Lincoln Co. Humane Society

Photo Courtesy: Lincoln Co. Humane Society

Photo Courtesy: Lincoln Co. Humane Society

Photo Courtesy: Lincoln Co. Humane Society


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