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UPDATE: Dozens of dogs rescued from suspected puppy mill recovering at Albrecht SPCA


Officials at the Albrecht SPCA tell FOX54 that they will have two dogs from the alleged puppy mill ready for adoption tomorrow.

A Boxer and chocolate Lab are ready to leave the shelter for loving homes. The SPCA also said they will have several small dogs ready for adoption on Sunday.

For information on adoptions, click here.

Original Story:

Dozens of dogs are closer to their final homes as they are recovering at Albrecht S.P.C.A. in Aiken after deputies rescued several hundred from a suspected puppy mill. 

The dogs were seized about a week and a half ago from what deputies call terrible living conditions in Edgefield County, where dogs were forced to live in cramped cages and walk in their own feces.

Tails wagging furiously, the rescued dogs greeted our cameras and a few dog treats Tuesday.

The whimpering and shaking animals Fox54 saw last week had been through quite the transformation.

The CEO of the Albrecht S.P.C.A. Gary Willoughby said its success stories like these that the he loves to tell.

"She has five new born puppies that are three days old that are well taken care of. Had she been still at the other facility those animals may have never made it. They may not have survived being born in filth and dirt," said Willoughby.

The S.P.C.A. took 40 dogs and 1 parrot from the Humane Society of the United States after Callie Abel, the previous owner of the animals, who is charged with animal cruelty, surrendered the animals.

Now they're receiving the attention and care they desperately need. But the S.P.C.A. has a big job to do, many of the rescued dogs, especially the mothers who were bred over and over again still show the signs of many hard years.

"They all need to be micro chipped, to finish all their vaccines, they all need to be checked out by our veterinarian team. Some have some skin allergies and skin problems; some are very shy and need some socialization and foster care," Willoughby, said.

Even though the animals still have a ways to go, it's clear to see, the dogs are well on their way to recovery and to loving homes. 

If you'd like to take one of the dogs home; you may be able to in a few days.

Gary Willoughby tells Fox54 they should have 5 to 10 dogs ready every day starting Friday.

Willoughby says some of these animals do have issues, like shyness or a dislike for other dogs. When you ask about adopting they say they will have that information ready for you.

Here's the website where S.P.C.A. will announce when the dogs will be ready for adoption:

Willoughby also says you can call (803) 648 – 6863 for up-to-date information on the animals.

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