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Animal Services still taking names to adopt rescued dogs
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All 49 dogs recently rescued by Turlock Animal Services will be up for adoption through a drawing on May 25 (Photo contributed).

The Turlock Animal Services has room on their list for any individuals interested in adopting one of the 49 dogs recently rescued from a Turlock home.

Turlock Animal Services started compiling a list on Tuesday of people interested in adopting one of the dogs and by the end of the day the list had 22 names, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley. Animal Services will continue to take names for the list until they reach about 50.

The dogs were all recued from a Turlock home on May 11. The resident told animal services that the dogs were believed to be strays that were found around town and brought back to the residence. Many of the dogs were not spayed or neutered and the pack began to grow as puppies were born.

The Turlock Municipal Code allows for three dogs at a home. The resident agreed to surrender the 49 dogs and they were collected by animal services.

None of the dogs were microchipped, but as news of the rescue spread, people from all over the Valley, and even Sacramento and the Bay Area started calling to see if their lost dog was one of the rescued pooches. About a dozen people made the trip to Turlock, but none of the dogs were reclaimed, Parmley said.

Animal services has been working on getting all the dogs spayed or neutered.

On May 25, a drawing of the names on the list will take place, with first drawn getting first pick. The drawing will be featured live on the Turlock Police Animal Services Facebook page. Any dogs not adopted will be released to animal rescues.

“All the dogs will have homes by the end of this,” Parmley said.

The addition of 49 dogs, all small breeds has left the shelter in need of food meant for small breeds. Anyone wishing to donate wet or dry food for small breeds is asked to call (209) 656-3140 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Those wishing to still get on the list for adoptions can do so at the same phone number.