Three of the eight are males and were housed in an unheated shed where their water was frozen and no bedding was provided. The five females were kept in what the OSPCA said was "a makeshift kennel in an old greenhouse that was also home to three steers and 30 chickens where the ammonia inside the greenhouse was so strong the OSPCA inspector reported not being able to breathe." McAlister said many orders had been issued to the owner of the dogs. On a third visit to the premises, the owner opted to surrender the animals rather than make the required improvements.
Two of the rescued male dogs were already neatly clipped and settled in at the Douro St. shelter Saturday. They seemed eager to connect with a visiting stranger and were friendly with animal care attendant Stephanie Lobsinger. "They're going to need somebody that will work with them. Their personalities are very friendly," said McAlister. "Now that we've had them for 48 hours, they are all coming around."
Barney, a three-year-old white dog, and Buddy, who is mostly black with white paws, had been cleaned up and clipped courtesy of Margo's Pet Grooming and Rover's Ranch. "They stepped forward. We really appreciate it," said McAlister, a former senior inspector for the OSPCA. The dogs have never been on a leash and don't know how to interact with people, he said.
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