BROOKSVILLE — More than five weeks after they were discovered abandoned east of Brooksville, the surviving Shih Tzus taken into custody by Hernando County Animal Services are now ready for adoption.
According to Animal Services director Liana Teague, the adoption process will begin Tuesday morning for people who have been approved as applicants.
It's not clear how many of the dogs will be available immediately for adoption. Earlier this month, an outbreak of parvovirus at the Animal Services facility killed 38 of the 64 Shih Tzus that were being kept at the kennel. At the time, Animal Services had received more than 260 adoption applications for the dogs.
The Shih Tzus, which ranged in age from newborns to adult dogs several years old, were found abandoned by Hernando County sheriff's deputies early on the morning of Nov. 18 near Hilton and Holden drives. The owner or owners of the dogs were never located.
All of the dogs showed signs of severe neglect and were in need of extensive grooming. Many were also treated for skin lesions and other medical conditions.
Animal Services has already contacted applicants and will proceed with adoptions on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the dogs have been adopted or all of the applications are exhausted.
For more information about the adoptions, call Animal Services at (352) 796-5062.
Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or [email protected]