Norman shelter holding lottery drawing for highly sought after dogs

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NORMAN, Okla. - It's been only a month since investigators stopped by a Norman home and seized 65 dogs.

That number has since ballooned to more than 100 dogs when some of the dogs had puppies.

The former owner, Roxanne Hines, has been charged with cruelty to animals.

The Norman Animal Shelter is now overrun by dogs, and phone calls.

"The day after we made the initial release about these 65 dogs, I think the animal shelter had over 500 calls," said Sarah Jensen, with the Norman Police Department. "Poodles, miniature poodles, Pekingese, Pomeranian's, things that people really want."

Norman officials say most animal shelters have a tough time finding homes for all of their animals, but that is not the case in their city.

According to Dogbreedlist info, your average Pekingese puppy will cost you about $400.

A Pomeranian costs around $600 and a poodle could be worth more than $1,000.

However, these dogs at the shelter will find homes at a much cheaper price.

"There will be that $60 adoption fee, people will have to fill out the application, but that's it," said Jensen.

Due to the high interest, getting one of these dogs will be the luck of the draw.

Now,  35 adult dogs are anxiously awaiting a special event on Oct. 25.

"We're asking that people fill out a registration form. When they come out on the 25th, they'll be issued a number. All of those numbers will be put into a random drawing," she said.

It's a lottery that equals new homes for a lot of dogs.

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