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February 5, 2013

SPCA of Niagara takes in 64 Pomeranians from puppy mill

SPCA of Niagara takes in 64 Pomeranians from puppy mill


Niagara Gazette — Shelter officials had two veterinarians standing by to examine the dogs as they were brought in. In addition, shelter volunteers showed up to bath and groom the dogs at the Lockport Road facility.

SPCA officials said the shelter was at about 75 percent capacity when they were alerted to the need for the rescue operation and volunteers worked all day Sunday to set things up.

“We had to put together a lot of temporary housing and move things around to accomodate the dog crates,” Lewis said. 

Lewis and Bell said they don’t anticipate the overcrowding to last too long. The SPCA is “seeking an immediate transfer of ownership from the current owner” and has already cut-off a waiting list of folks who want to adopt the pomeranians.

“We’ve had 102 requests, and if all goes well we could begin with adoptions by Wednesday,” Bell said. “This whole day has been great. We’ve been overwhelmed with help and that is a testament to where we are today.”

Lewis also said a steady stream of folks showed up at the Lockort Road shelter Monday to drop off puppy food and puppy pads for the dogs to sleep on. 

By late afternoon, the pups appeared to be having fun in their new home.

“We’ve got a lot of barking going on,” Lewis said with a laugh. “They are very loud. I’m really happy we got the dogs when we did.”

Bell added he, too, was pleased that the shelter could respond so quickly to the needs of the animals.

“It’s uplifting,” he said, “because we can immediately see we’re making a difference for the animals.”

POMERANIAN RESCUE n ADOPT: SPCA of Niagara has a full waiting list and is no longer taking calls for adoptions. n DONATE: If you'd like to help, in addition to the puppy chow and puppy pad donations, the shelter is also seeking monetary donations to help with the cost of the rescue. Donations may be made online at or may be mailed to PO Box 686, North Tonawanda, New York 14150.

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