Chronically infected skin, malnourished and full of neurological problems is how many of the dogs left the home of Atascadero woman Suzanne Sollenne. Now almost a month later, the dogs have a paws-itive future ahead after the trauma they went through.
“Really quickly within the time they came to the shelter and the days following, their attitudes and temperament warmed up quite a bit.. a lot of them are actually very social, very adoptable friendly animals,” says Eric Anderson, Animal Services Manager at San Luis Obispo County Animal Services.
In addition to providing the dogs with baths and medication, re-socialization was major part of their rehabilitation. “Right now I think the big thing is continuing to work with them on their socialization, some of their behavior – trying to bring some of those a little bit shy and retreating out of their shell a little bit more and help them engage and involve themselves with people a little more,” explains Anderson.
While the dogs only have a few more days until they’re ready for adoption, the shelter stresses the importance of picking a dog that’s right for you and your family.
“Instead of coming and wanting to adopt one of these animals, [people should] think about an animal that fits their lifestyle, fits their home, fits where they’re gonna live and what they need in a pet and adopt that animal.. even if it’s not one of these dogs, that really helps us out,” Anderson says.
Sollenne, the woman accused of hoarding the dogs is scheduled to appear in court 22nd.