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Jan 20, 2011 9:52 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Animal Shelter Receives Puppies From Georgia Rescuers

Jan 20, 2011 9:52 AM

Kids and parents alike flocked to the Southampton Animal Shelter on Monday afternoon to visit 21 puppies and their mothers—14 of the puppies were rescued from unsanitary conditions and neglect, and seven were pulled from a drain pipe—which arrived on Sunday from animal rescuers in Georgia.

The influx of dogs was the latest in a series of rescues by shelter workers over the past several months, the result of a partnership between the shelter and the Humane Society of Northwestern Georgia, in which Southampton agrees to take any dogs that the Georgia facility cannot house and is expected to destroy, according to Susan Kelly, the director of personnel for the shelter.

The puppies that were brought north this past weekend along with their mothers include spaniels, border collies, springer spaniels and Pomeranians, according to Ms. Kelly. All of the dogs immediately received immunizations and had visits with veterinarians upon arriving at the shelter in Hampton Bays.

According to Ms. Kelly, the seven puppies that were rescued from the drainage pipe were found in a dark, damp ditch in early January. While officials at the shelter were making arrangements to transport them to Southampton, they learned that more than a dozen more puppies had been rescued. The next batch of 14 puppies, from three litters, were rescued from a “dog hoarder” who kept numerous malnourished dogs in unsanitary conditions. Ms. Kelly said the Humane Society was able to get the person who was hoarding the animals to give them up, and the group immediately contacted the shelter about taking in the animals.

Children stuck their hands over the concrete barrier in a dog room at the shelter on Monday afternoon, reaching toward the brown, orange, black and white puppies, which were sleeping in a pen. According to Cathy Duemler, the volunteer coordinator at the shelter, since the dogs arrived on Sunday, they have had many visitors. As of Monday afternoon, however, none of the puppies had been adopted. “It’s too soon,” Ms. Duemler said.

The puppies are all between seven and eight weeks old, according to Ms. Kelly, who added that she is taking care of one litter of puppies at her home until they become old enough to be weaned. All of the puppies’ mothers, with the exception of the one still nursing her pups, have been spayed since their arrival at the shelter.

Officials at the shelter learned of the Georgia group’s mission to move animals out of overcrowded shelters last spring. The shelter reached out to the group, which sent its president, Micky Burrows, and vice president, Catherine Riddle, to view the shelter and meet with the staff before sending up any animals. Ms. Kelly said volunteers from the shelter have an agreement in which they meet volunteers from the Humane Society in Virginia to pick up the animals. The trip has become fairly regular over the last couple of months, according to Ms. Kelly.

“We’ll help if we can take the mother also,” said Ms. Kelly. “We always get the mother so we can spay and neuter and don’t increase the problem.”

According to Ms. Kelly, the puppies are healthy, energetic and eating puppy food. “They’re very cute,” she said.

Those seeking to adopt a pet may visit the puppies at the Southampton Animal Shelter on Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day.

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I want to commend and thank the shelter on this act of kindness. Keep up the good work of rescuing animals. More shelters should learn from the example you have set on shelter standards.
By Hillsnbells (43), Southampton on Jan 20, 11 9:01 AM
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What wonderful work the shelter is doing. Thank you for these acts of kindness.
By sunshine (47), southampton on Jan 20, 11 12:00 PM
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Our shelter is the greatest place going!
By artizt101 (29), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 11 2:27 PM
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These people are doing the work of angels. We are so lucky to have such dedicated people who work and volunteer at our shelter. Best of luck and God Bless!
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Jan 20, 11 4:14 PM
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Bravo S.H.T. shelter.
By rrc1049 (63), Bridgehampton on Jan 20, 11 10:28 PM
Our shelter and its people are the best!
By Talbot77 (53), southampton on Jan 21, 11 9:57 AM
I adopted my recent cat from this shelter and I can't say enough good things about this shelter.All animals are so well taken care of and are of good nature when ever I visit.
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Jan 22, 11 6:51 PM