Anne Arundel officials remove 51 dogs from Pasadena home

Dogs to be put up for adoption starting Tuesday

  • Fifty-one small dogs, three of which were pregnant, were taken from a Pasadena home after officials were tipped to possible animal hoarding. The dogs appear to be in good health.
Fifty-one small dogs, three of which were pregnant, were taken… (Baltimore Sun )
March 21, 2011|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Fifty-one small dogs, three of which were pregnant, were taken from a Pasadena home Monday after officials received a tip about possible animal hoarding. The dogs are expected to be put up for adoption starting Tuesday.

The dogs, removed from a home in the 1800 block of Choptank Road in the Green Gables neighborhood, did not appear to be in distress, and no dead dogs were found, Anne Arundel County spokesman Dave Abrams said. The county's animal control staff was evaluating the dogs' conditions and giving them vaccinations Monday.

The dogs include poodles, Yorkshire terriers and poodle-Yorkie mixes, Abrams said. They range in age from newborns to adult dogs.

The residents of the home could not be reached by telephone Monday afternoon.

No charges were filed Monday, but officials said the residents may face "at least one count" of a zoning violation.

Under the county code, anyone who wants to keep more than four dogs must obtain a $100 dog fancier license from the county, and all dogs must be licensed and vaccinated. The law also specifies the minimum size of the property, depending on how many dogs are kept there.

The fine is $50 for a first offense.

Officials said they received a similar call in 2006 — anonymous, just as the one on Friday was — about the same address. In January 2006, officials found 24 dogs there. It appears that no charges were filed then, according to county officials.

Abrams said county officials on Monday called a mobile crisis team to the home. The unit can provide emergency mental health care.

"Hoarding is a psychological illness that affects people who think they are helping animals when they are actually endangering their own health as well as the dogs and the community," County Executive John R. Leopold said in a prepared statement. "I am pleased that these homeowners cooperated with Animal Control to save these animals and are trying to seek help with their problem."

Abrams said he did not know why the animals were not removed until Monday, given that the complaint came in to the county executive's office Friday.

People may visit the county shelter to see and adopt animals from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The shelter is located at 411 Maxwell Frye Road, Millersville.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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