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County Executive Leopold Praises Animal Control for Record Setting Adopt-a-thon

48 dogs adopted in just over one day

Annapolis, MD (March 23, 2011) — County Executive John R. Leopold today congratulated Animal Control for an unprecedented adoption drive that resulted in connecting 48 dogs from a hoarding situation with new homes in just over 24 hours.

"The staff at Animal Control worked so hard to rescue these dogs from a bad situation and find them new homes," County Executive Leopold said. "This was the most successful adoption drive in recent memory, if not ever. I hope this case will educate people to remember to spay and neuter their pets to control the dog and cat population. Congratulations to everyone who played a role in this effort."

On Monday morning, March 21, 51 dogs were rescued from a home in Pasadena. They were Yorkshire terriers, poodles and mixed breeds ranging in age from puppies to adults.  On March 22, the dogs were made available for adoption.  A line of 100 prospective adopters stretched out the door for most of the day due to a tremendous response to media reports of the case.  All but five dogs, who were in surgery for spaying and neutering, were claimed by new owners by the end of the day.  Three pregnant dogs were sent to facilities that could care for them and their newborn babies.  The remaining five dogs, including an adult retriever named Holly, were adopted today.

The hoarding case remains under investigation.

Animal Control is open for adoptions Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information, please visit the Facebook page,, or call 410-222-8900.  There are more dogs and cats waiting for new homes.

Dogs adopted from Animal Control
Dogs adopted from Animal Control

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