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19 Rottweilers surrendered to Franklin County shelter

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WAYNESBORO, Pa. (WHTM) -

Shelter officials with Antietam Humane Society said they are overwhelmed after recently taking in 19 Rottweilers.

The dogs were surrendered to the shelter earlier this week. Officials said a local couple had started a Rottweiler Rescue with good intentions but got in over their heads, with the rescue turning into a hoarding situation.

"Upon entering, we did notice there were some unsanitary conditions, some of the animals did not have water, some were left in their own environment," explained Christine Tyeyar of the Antietam Humane Society.

Tyeryar said the owner gave the legal rights to the shelter because she could no longer care for the animals. She said they are glad to be able to give the animals better care, but it is a lot of dogs to take of at once.

"We have literally doubled our population, so the staff is working overtime just to keep up with the demand right now," she said.

Other local shelters are helping out. The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter has taken three female Rottweiler from the group.

"They have had a very big transition right now, so we are just kind of waiting them out to make sure they are okay," said Jennifer Vanderau, CVAS communications director.  She said it could be a while before the dogs are deemed ready for adoption.

For more information on how you can help the dogs, please visit www.antietamhumanesociety.org or www.cvas-pets.org.

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