Norman shelter waives adoption fees after 65 dogs seized from Norman home

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NORMAN, Okla. - Authorities in Norman are trying to find homes for 65 dogs who were seized from a home.

On Friday, Norman Animal Welfare officers received a tip about a large number of dogs inside a home in southeast Norman.

When authorities arrived, they found 65 dogs and puppies inside the home.

"Ultimately 65 dogs, seized from the residence," said Capt. Tom Easley, with Norman Police. "Twenty-two of those being puppies, many of whom are not even weaned yet."

Investigators say the puppies range in age from 2-days-old to 1-week old. Also, two of the dogs are pregnant and could deliver their litters at any time.

The dogs that were seized are miniature poodles, standard poodles, toy Shih Tzu, Pomeranians, Pekingese, Chihuahua and Cavalier Spaniel.

This alleged puppy mill now has animal activists speaking out.

"We need to do something, this is tragic," said Becky Switzer, with the Heartland Rescue Canine Foundation. "Puppy mills need to go away."

For now, the dogs have been separated into three rooms, as the shelter scrambles to make room.

To help with the influx of animals, the Norman Animal Shelter is waiving the adoption fee of $60 on animals that are currently being housed at the shelter.

"What we're trying to do is clear out the back side, and bring these new dogs in the front," said Easley.

"If there's no adoption fee, and you're looking for a puppy, there's no better place, no better dog than a rescue," said Switzer.

Police say the investigation into this case is on-going, and no arrests have yet been made.

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