GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - In the midst of all the barking, jumping, and wagging tails, 42 dogs are also hoping for a second chance.
The Jack Russel terriers and Border Collies are among 150 dogs removed from an unlicensed breeding facility in Michigan last week. Photos from the facility were taken by the ASPCA, a national group that works to prevent animal cruelty.
"These dogs were living in kennels that were muddy, dirty, not very sanitary conditions," said Carrie Libera, a spokesperson for the Animal Humane Society.
The Humane Society of Minnesota offered to take in some of the dogs and care for them until they can be adopted. The others went to other animal groups across the Midwest.
"We'll feed them, get them vet care, get them all checked out and ready for new homes and hopefully they'll be adopted pretty quickly, said Libera.
While they were well-fed at the Michigan facility, the dogs' main purpose was for breeding. Now, each dog will be spayed or neutered before leaving with a permanent family. Libera hopes their new purpose is one of playing, giving kisses and bringing joy.
"They're still young, they're vibrant, they have a really good chance of learning what its like to be a family dog."
The Humane Society hopes to have some of the dogs ready to be adopted by Tuesday. They will be divided among the Humane Society's five metro locations. If you'd like more information on the available dogs, click here.
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