By Alex DeMetrick

MILLERSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Fifty-one dogs seized from a home in Anne Arundel County are headed to new homes.   

Alex DeMetrick has more on the massive adoption effort. 

It was the largest case of what authorities are calling “animal hoarding” in Anne Arundel County history. It has brought an unprecedented number of animal lovers looking for new pets.

The dogs take up an entire aisle of cages at the Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter. Ranging from puppies to full-grown, the 51 dogs were seized from a home a few days ago.

“Clearly it’s a problem when people hoard these dogs. They are supposed to have a license if they have more than four dogs. It could be a misdemeanor violation here for the owner,” said John Leopold, Anne Arundel County Executive. “But I think the owner wanted to do a good thing, but good intentions are sometimes really not good enough. We want to make sure the dogs are healthy and the people are healthy.”

Nearly all of the dogs went up for adoption at 10 a.m. and scores of people began lining up hours beforehand hoping to take home a new pet.

“I love dogs and animals,” said Nalo Ford, who is adopting a dog. “I am so excited. Hopefully I will get one.” 

“We were very excited to know that they were in good health, that this gentleman just got a little bit overwhelmed.  But he took good care of the dogs, so that was nice to know,” said Daisy Sudano, adopting dog.

The dogs are mostly yorkies, poodles and dogs mixed from both breeds. People were let in in small groups to see the animals in numbers never before seen at the shelter.

“Highly unusual. It’s the biggest dog hoarding case we can think of in Anne Arundel County’s history. It’s $56 for a female dog and $41 for the male. That includes spaying, neutering and all the shots,” said Lt. Glenn Shanahan, Anne Arundel County Animal Control. “I think it’s the best deal in town.”

It’s also a good deal for the dogs, whose stay at the shelter will be a short one.

The dogs still need to be spayed and neutered, so it will be a few days before they arrive at their new homes.

Because the dogs were well cared for, the owner won’t face any animal abuse charges.

Alex DeMetrick

Comments (13)
  1. marian says:

    at least they are healthy and will find a good home fast. sad to think this gentleman when he couldn’t sell them kept them, but as he said if he called the pound these little friends would have been put down. hope this kind man gets it together and only keeps one dog from now on.

  2. GAIL MCVEY says:


    1. Michael says:

      Hey Gail, Sweeite, this is a news forrum and not an adoption agency. Now you’ve placed your number out for the world to see. Anytime a person goggles your name “Gail Mcvey” it will pop up with your cell number. Go ahead and try it…

      And with just a few more imputs into a search engine they can readily have your home address as well… way to think it through…

  3. Jeanne Clarke says:

    at least they were well cared for and kept alive – so many animals in shelters are euthanized because there aren’t enough adopters willing to take a second hand pet. My own cats are rescues and are wonderful family members.

  4. fg says:

    It is easy to criticize this man for what he did, however, calling the shelter is not always the easiest thing to do.. I am a true animal lover but I have had issues with shelters when I have called in the past if I found a stray. A few years ago I called our local rescue (I live in PA on the MD/PA line) b/c I found an adorable little kitten. I already have 2 dogs and 2 cats and can not take any more. I tried finding her owner but could not so after a few days I called the rescue by us and was told they absolutely could not take her. They repeatedly tried to coerce me to take her but I could not. After a very long conversation where I was made to feel like I was such a bad person for overloading them even more, they reluctantly took her, but only after I was told it would have been better if I never found her. I was mortified. I know the shelters are overloaded but honestly when you have shelters and rescues that respond like they did to me, what else can one do?? At least the dogs were healthy and hopefully they will all have homes now. I truly think he was trying to do his best by them.

    1. Michael says:

      No one called the shelter, these dogs were seized by the Authorities.

      “Ranging from puppies to full-grown, the 51 dogs were seized from a home a few days ago”

  5. Brenda says:

    I am relieved that someone finally reported this man. I would not consider him a gentleman. He is wrong for mass producing these poor little babies. They are not put on this earth to make there owners money. To make them breed so they can live comfortable. Is a sin. One visit to a local shelter you will see how many of these poor dogs and cats do not have home and have to be put to sleep. He should be charged ,fined and/or jailed. Him and his wife. To keep on breeding these tiny babies over and over again. He should be ashamed of his self. So do not make him out to be the good guy. Some of these dogs were to tiny to even naturally deliver them on there own. This is not there choice. It was his. To try to deliver a litter of puppies and have your pelvis break while doing so to me does not sound like fun. All I can say as a very happy owner of yorkies.they are my life, they make everything better, when I am not having a good day. These dogs deserve a better life. They said he took good care of these dogs, no he did not. Did they have there shots, dentals, and every 6 month exam? no. He said he tried to find them homes but could not find any one to take them. He did not put them in the paper or any place where people could find out he had them.All I can say to sum up this whole story is What comes around goes around. He will get his in the end. And it is well deserved.

  6. Michael says:

    Where did you read that this man and his wife were selling these dogs for profit? You didn’t did you, in fact, I’d say you were assuming weren’t you? Well dear, you are wrong.

    As made clear by the local authorities in their press statement, this man cared deeply for the animals and they were found to be in relatively good overall health. What happended here is a classic case of animal hoarding. This couple had 2 Yorkies originally. Over time, one of them became pregnant. Now there is a litter of puppies in the house. Most people out there don’t know what to do with a litter of puppies, so instead of trying to adopt the animals out or risk sending them to the pound where they would be put down if a home weren’t found for them, this couple decided to keep the animals. As time progresses, the cycle is repeated until the number of animals becomes unmanageable. Then the authorities stepped in. Since they found no malicious intent or mistreatment of the animals, they just seized the animals and didn’t excute any criminal chargers against the persons. Believe it or not, these things happen all the time. It’s not something done out of blatant cruelty, but one done out of love and ignorance to how to properly handle situations where your pet gets pregnant.

    Let me put it to you this way, when your 6 cats get pregnant (and trust me… you’re a cat lady) and the litter comes to bear, you’re probably going to keep 1 or 2 of the kittens, and hand the remainins 3 or so off to friends. In 8 months, the cats can become pregnant, and again a litter or two will be born. Since your friends already took a cat less than a year ago, they’re not going to take another. Instead, you’ll opt to keep 3 or 4 this time. Another 8 months goes by and sure enough, another litter. Before you know it, you have those 50 cats you’ve always wanted and never once did you have any thought of selling them for profit or wanting anything bad to happen to them… kinda hits close to home and puts the situation into context for you doesn’t it?

    1. Brenda says:

      Michael, First off let me give you an update : Welcome to the 21st. Century. In case you have not heard, it is called Spay or neuter your pets. That is what you are to do if you are a responsible pet owner. My dogs were vetted and spayed when the vet felt they were old enough to be. They visit the vet for well check ups every 6 months, have dentals done when needed, and are professionally groomed every month. Second the news reporter while talking to the breeder asked him what happened and he said,” We were having a hard time selling the dogs once the economy went bad”. His words , not mine. Mr Information, See, you do not know everything.He also , that he started out with two yorkies and then got a poodle. To Breed them. This may come as a shocker to you, but if he had no intention on being a back yard breeder, then he should of gotten the dogs fixed in the beginning. It sounds like to me that this kinda hits home to you. What are you doing the same thing? It does not have to cost a arm and a leg to have your pets spayed and neutered. If you do not have the funds to get all of the medical care for your pets do them a big favor, and do not get pets. And final point, This breeder was the one that put all the information out there, I just happen to be watching the news. He also said in his words he tried to give them away but the paper in his area had no pets that were advertised for free. Also in the Evening Capital this evening, had a article in there quoting the animal control agent in charge, He said the dogs were in good condition,beside being infested with fleas, filthy, and ear mites all seemed to be healthy except one that seemed to be very thin and under feed. So to sum it all up, I hope you learned something today if you have not before, Spay or neuter your pets. That does not mean you Michael, Because I would sure hope you are not a pet owner, because I am sure, You have not had them Fixed. Which is a shame.

  7. truthteller says:

    why does a gallon of milk cost more than a gallon of gas?

    1. Michael says:

      Because those greedy, selfish, cows are A-holes.

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