Nearly 50 puppies who were rescued from a Chantilly pet store last fall are now healthy and ready for permanent homes, says staff at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
The dogs were taken from Dreamy Puppy in late November after Animal Control officers had received multiple complaints from citizens about the health of the puppies in the store, Fairfax County Police told NBC4 at the time.
Officers removed between 46 puppies from the store and took them to a veterinarian to be examined. The Dreamy Puppy location in Chantilly appears to now be closed.
The puppies have since been given medical care and have been living in foster homes. The county animal shelter said on its Facebook page yesterday that the dogs are now ready to go to homes. But getting to this point did not happen without a legal battle.
“After months of court hearings and testimony from expert witnesses, we are thrilled to announce that the court has awarded custody of all 46 puppies to Fairfax County,” shelter staff wrote. “These foster families have been caring for these puppies for more than five months, and it has truly taken a village. Some of the puppies required extensive medical care, and we are grateful to have been able to provide it.”
“The fosters have cared for the puppies like part of their families, providing transportation to the shelter for regular and routine exams and vaccinations, seeing to the puppies’ everyday needs, and most of all providing invaluable love and socialization during a formative time in these puppies’ lives.”
Some of the puppies have been adopted by their foster families. However, a number of pups are still looking for homes. Those pets will be available for adoption beginning Tuesday.
Read more about animal adoption on Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s website.