30 dogs coming to Lewiston shelter

LEWISTON — A tractor-trailer full of dogs was expected to arrive at the local animal shelter early Sunday morning from South Carolina.

The shelter was asked by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help with animal relocation after getting a plea for help from Chester County, which was faced with animal overcrowding.

Lewiston said yes. On Saturday, the ASPCA was trucking 40 dogs to Maine, 32 of which will go to the Lewiston shelter. The dogs were scheduled to arrive at 1 a.m. Sunday.

The dogs coming to Lewiston will range in age from seven months to seven years, and will include many types: Chihuahuas, terriers, beagles, Labs and shepherds, Greater Androscoggin Humane Society spokesman Zach Black said. They'll include purebreds and mixes with a variety of temperaments.

None of the dogs will go out for adoption until they undergo behavior assessment “to find the perfect home for them,” he said. They will also be spayed and neutered.

They won't be available for adoption until Wednesday, Black said.

It's not uncommon for the Lewiston shelter to take rescue dogs from other states, “but this is the first time we've worked with a rescue and the ASPCA to relocate dogs," he said. "This is a lot for us to take on — 30 dogs as opposed to 30 puppies. The 30 dogs will fill us to the brim.”

For more information, call the shelter at 207-783-2311, or go to http://www.gahumane.org/.

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Why bring the dogs to Lewiston Maine . Is there money in it for someone . Everything is just about shipped to Lewiston ......... why not Portland ??????? ha ha

Steve  Dosh's picture

30 dogs coming to Lewiston shelter

All Sunday 12.02.19
. ...This is probably a good thing . So Car , No Car , " Dogs from GA GA land invade Maine " http://www.aspca.org . Feral cats & pigs are the big problem , though , not to mention your coy dogs up they'ya in ME . Pit bulls are useless creatures and ought to be outlawed
Quoting ME native singer - song - writer James Taylor , " Man's best friend ? i should hope not ! " Dogs are not , in fact , humans and never will be . Some things are , in fact , impossible , like dogs walking on Mars
ßuena Suerté with this one everyone ...
Adopt a greyhoud or a whipett from a dog track
We have a hen . She gives us an egg ( sometiems two ) every day
Do not purchase bunny rabitts for Easter unless you plan to eat them
Just a suggestion /s, Steve Dosh and ohana

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What makes you think James

What makes you think James Taylor is a ME native, Doc? He was born in Boston.

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We have more families getting assistance then ever before, some about to lose the assistance because of cutbacks and the end to TANF. Large amount of people on some kind of assistance or food stamp program and now have 30 dogs to be adopted. If you can't afford to feed your family then adopting a dog should not be allowed. Anyone that can afford to smoke and feed animals should not have food stamps. All we have heard lately is how the cities are gonna crack down on people cheating the system but if your getting assistance legally and still can afford to feed a bunch of animals then that should be illegal. This state says they are gonna work on the problems then we do something as stupid as this. Its the same as to keep helping someone that can't afford the child they have but keeps on having them for someone else to support

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

In case you care about such

In case you care about such triviality, Wilma is a woman's name and Wilma Turcotte is a woman, and a knowledgeable one at that, I might add.

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Dunno why you always seem to interpret things the way you choose or you have a bad day every day. This is not a "tirade" as you choose to make it just something else that those who to choose to deny or accept according to what fits their life. I have nothing against people that are down on their luck but everyone that is on "the system" is not "down on their luck" I am saying that things should be happening to clean up the system and get people back to work and that those that can't feed their family without assistance shouldn't have animals to feed at someone else's expense.Bring jobs not dogs. I worked all my life and paid into this "system" that some have made a lifestyle and has nothing to do with people down on their luck or people worse off then me. I live on SS period and I paid into it and have to live within my means. You have a great day. I am.


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