BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – After being rescued from filthy conditions in Tennessee and brought to South Florida, some 47 dogs at the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton are now ready to be adopted.
The animals were part of a group of 141 dogs that investigators said they found in Tennessee in the back of a U-Haul moving truck on a cross country journey.
Investigators said it appeared the dogs hadn’t been fed or walked in days and were living in filth.
The woman who was driving the U-Haul and a female companion are now charged with felony animal cruelty case. If convicted, each faces up to two years in prison.
“We are finally seeing major improvement in the animals that were so frightened when we first saw them, every single dog goes out twice a day for a walk, they absolutely love it,” said Tracy Reis with the American Humane Association. “We’ve seen just a total change in their attitudes. They’re coming out of their shells. They were very afraid.”
“They are sweet and all they need is some loving care,” said Tri-County Humane Society founder Suzi Goldsmith.
The dogs have been checked out by veterinarians and have been groomed, pampered and are ready to find a home after their incredible journey.
“I need a small dog and there aren’t that many small dogs out there,” said Heather Wood who is looking for a dog. “I need a small dog because I’m disabled.”
Robin Schaeffer hoped to adopt a poodle, but fell in love with Goldie, a chihuahua.
“I really wanted a poodle, but I think I’m gonna take this one,” Robin Schaeffer said.
If you want to adopt one of these dogs contact the Tri-County Humane Society by clicking here or call (561) 482-8110.