Families adopt Havanese dogs rescued from a home in Adams County

BRIGHTON, Colo. - Many of the 118 dogs rescued from an Adams County home were adopted Tuesday within hours of being made available.

When authorities seized the Havanese dogs from a breeder's Adams County home on July 9, they were covered in fur matted with urine and feces. Half of the dogs were taken to the Adams County Animal Shelter for care and the rest were taken to the Denver Dumb Friends League.

The Adams County Animal Shelter began to accept applications for many of the dogs at 10 a.m. Tuesday. By 1:30 p.m., Adams County tweeted, all of the available Havanese dogs were adopted.

Jessicca Shaffer adopted one of the dogs, saying she thought her family would likely name it Bronco.

"We've been looking for a dog for a few months now, and we saw this on the Internet, that this happened, that the dogs were being rescued from a house with 118 of them, and we thought this might be a good chance for us to get a dog a good home," Shaffer said.

The dog the Shaffer family adopted is about 3 years old.

"He was just very quiet, wanted to just be right next to us, so we thought this might be a good match," Shaffer said.

Not all of the dogs were ready for adoption Tuesday. Some of the dogs are being kept at both shelters because of health issues, including cloudy eyes, dental problems and infections. Other dogs were kept for more behavioral observation.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says its investigation into the case is closed. Adams County Animal Control, however, is still investigating and expects to make a recommendation about possible charges to the District Attorney on Friday.

Adams County has said the breeder was cooperative in the investigation and seizure of the dogs.

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