Florida animal refuge takes in 73 Great Danes at once

Great Dane taken in by Florida refuge (NBC News)
Great Dane taken in by Florida refuge (NBC News)

FREEPORT, Florida (WJHG) A Florida animal shelter is dealing with a unique problem.

Alaqua Animal Refuge founder Laurie Hood says in the history of her non-profit they’ve had only one Great Dane up for adoption. Now, they can multiply that number by 73.

Last Wednesday, Alaqua Animal Refuge employees were contacted by family members of a Walton County dog breeder saying he was not in good health.

“He abandoned all these dogs and was at a point where there was no one to care for them,” said Hood.

After receiving word from the breeder’s family, several volunteers stepped in to get the dogs out of their abandoned home. Each day they’d removed 20 dogs from the breeder’s property and brought them to the refuge.

“We knew we had to do it,” said Hood. “It went from excitement, to panic, to how are we going to pull it off?”

Hood says for the most part the Great Danes were healthy, some even pregnant.

All of the dogs will be micro-chipped, spayed and neutered before adoption.

Tuesday, employees made an announcement on Facebook saying the dogs were in need of loving homes.

“When they heard we had 73 of them, it completely blew up our Facebook, and our telephones, and it actually shorted out our website for a short time,” said Hood.

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