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Puppies, other animals rescued from Arkansas arrive in DC area

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GAITHERSBURG, Md - One month ago, law enforcement officers in Arkansas raided an animal breeding facility to investigate allegations of neglect.  Some of the 181 dogs, rabbits, and birds that were seized have now arrived in metropolitan Washington, D.C. and will soon be put up for adoption.
    
An enormous, heated trailed (owned by the Humane Society of the U.S.) arrived in Gaithersburg, Maryland, late this morning.  The trailer carried a total of 67 critters, most of them dogs.  

The animals had been seized by the sheriff's office in Jefferson County, Arkansas nearly a month ago at a breeding facility where the animals were allegedly neglected.  According to Sara Varsa, of the Humane Society of the U.S., the conditions of the animals were, "Filthy and substandard.  So, essentially, the animals were living in feces and urine.  Had no access, potentially, to water in their enclosures.  Had no food.  And no veterinary care."

A temporary rescue shelter was erected in Arkansas, and volunteer vets saved all 181 of the animals seized, except for one.  

One dog that was rescued -- and is now in Maryland -- has a tongue that hangs straight down from its mouth.  The dog's teeth were so neglected, that much of the animal's lower jaw had to be removed.

By early afternoon, the rescued animals began arriving at their various temporary homes.  None is likely to be put up for adoption immediately.   Bob Ramin, the CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League, explained, ""They've just come to us from a truck from Arkansas.  So, it's time for some quiet time.  They're getting to know their new space.  They're getting to meet humans that don't mistreat them.  They're going to have a nice meal.  They're going to just -- chill."  

Most of the rescued animals that have wound up in the D.C. area will likely be put up for adoption in April.  

Here are the regional groups that have taken-in the animals from Arkansas:
Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Humane Society of Calvert County
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Washington Animal Rescue League
Washington Humane Society
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