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Rescued dogs almost ready for adoption


Three weeks after being rescued from deplorable living conditions, 12 Cedar Rapids dogs are nearly ready for adoption.

Authorities seized 88 dogs in all from a farm in Sac county late last month.  The animals were living in tight quarters and unsanitary conditions.

The animals were moved to shelters in Des Moines, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids.

Fast forward three weeks from their rescue, and it's almost difficult to recognize these animals.

"Now they're outgoing.  They come up they want to be with people," said Bob Citrullo, executive director of the Cedar Valley Humane Society.  "They sit with them.  They are starting to walk on leashes very well.  They're excited, so none of this depression on how they appeared when they first arrived."

Eight-year-old coco, is one of 15 rescued dogs at the Cedar Valley Humane Society in Cedar Rapids as active and playful as she's ever been.

The animals are responding well to grooming, care they've received for infections, and socialization.

Citrullo says that 12 of the dogs will be ready for adoption within two weeks.

"They love people. Their desire to be with people is very strong."

Shelter leaders say the feeling is mutual. They've taken many calls from people looking to adopt the rescued dogs.

"We're looking for a little dog," said Mike Dulaney of Cedar Rapids.

The Dulaney's  are among those keeping tabs on the Cocker Spaniels' availability.

"Here are small animals that need a home, and if you're going to have a new small animal, why not do something for one that need some help," Dulaney said.

While a Des Moines shelter has had difficulty finding its rescued animals an adopted home, workers in Cedar Rapids are optimistic.  They say the animals will need some extra care at first, but expect them to settle in to their new homes.

The Dulaney's say they would have no problem providing these transformed animals any extra attention.

"We're both around all the time, so it will be good to do that," Mike Dulaney said.

The Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo says the 13 rescued dogs and one cat it has should also be ready for adoption within two weeks. The shelter is accepting pre-adoption applications at this time.


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