44 dogs removed from home in Dover after owner’s death

DOVER — The family of a Dover resident, who was the elderly primary caregiver of 44 mostly small dogs, found themselves in urgent need of assistance after the dog’s caregiver passed away earlier last week.

The relatives contacted the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) for help with the dogs and the OAW collaborated with the Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) in removing the dogs from a home in Dover on Friday.

One of the 44 displaced dogs.

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

The dogs consist of mostly small breeds, including Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and Yorkshire Terriers. They range in age from young adults to seniors.

The BVSPCA took 30 of the dogs to their Animal Rescue Center (ARC) in Georgetown and the remaining 14 to their New Castle Campus. The dogs received initial exams by BVSPCA staff at the property and subsequently received full veterinary evaluations by the BVSPCA medical team.

The dogs, which were in good condition at intake, are being spayed and neutered Monday and today.

A total of 36 of the dogs will be placed up for adoption and eight will be returned to relatives following their spay/neuter surgeries.

The BVSPCA expects the first dogs to become available for adoption today at the New Castle and Georgetown campuses, then some on Wednesday at the West Chester Campus. Any dogs needing time to adjust or significant medical care will remain in the BVSPCA care as needed

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

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