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Rescuers housing 263 dogs seized from Venice animal hoarder

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:13 AM

All of the 263 dogs that were taken from an animal hoarder's home in Venice on Friday have been placed with rescue organizations, officials said.

Officials with Sarasota County Animal Services removed the dogs from 220 High Point Drive over a two-day period.

The animals, mostly small breeds such as Chihuahuas, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Bouviers and Schnauzers, were kept outdoors in structures resembling chicken coops, said Wendy Rose, spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone wishing to adopt one of the dogs can contact one of these groups: Almost Home, Florida Little Dog Rescue, Honor Sanctuary, Canine Castaways, Safe Haven, Suncoast Humane Society, Underdog Rescue, Florida Poodle Rescue, VIP Rescue, Kickapoo Rescue, Certified Preowned Dogs, Bay Road Animal Hospital and Ashton Animal Clinic.

In the first wave, deputies removed about two dozen dogs with severe medical issues for evaluation. They returned later to collect the rest of the dogs.

Most of the dogs had matted fur, fleas, intestinal parasites and eye issues, Rose said. All will be medically evaluated and treated or cleared before they will be available for adoption.

The sheriff's office did not release information about the property owner or whether charges would be filed.

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