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ENCINITAS, Calif. – Nearly three dozen puppies and pregnant dogs – mostly beagles - were moved to rescue shelters Monday after their owner became overwhelmed and called for help.

The dogs’ owner, considered a hoarder, was having difficulty handling the 35 puppies and pregnant mothers.  Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends, a nonprofit based in El Cajon, stepped in.

The rescue’s founder Rebecca Stevens told U-T San Diego, “The rescue had been long in the works.” She did not release details about the owner.

The rescued beagles included a mother and her puppy, another mother with a litter of seven and four other pregnant beagles.

Both Rancho Coastal Humane Society and Pug Rescue took in the dogs Monday and were working to get the animals medically cleared, shelter spokesman John Van Zante told the newspaper.  Most of the dogs had inner-ear infections, will require some dental work, but overall appear to be in good health, Van Zante said.

All dogs will receive vaccines and microchips and will get spayed or neutered prior to being available for adoption.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society has information posted online regarding adoptions. More than 150 adoption applications were received by Rancho Coastal Humane Society Monday.


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  • Christine S

    I hope the owner gets sited for animal cruelty and running a puppy mill. They will just turn around and start over if they face no consequences for their actions. I’m sure it was a big source of income. I hope all those babies get the loving homes they deserve.

  • Beth Ann

    It says the beagles are in pretty good shape/health and the owner called for help, I don’t think that warrants for animal cruelty charges, at least she knew enough to call and get help as she was overwhelmed. Maybe she wasn’t running a puppy mill but took in dogs no one else wanted and it got out of control. I’m given her the benefit of the doubt.

  • melissa

    how my i addopt one of those beautiful beagles puupies i live in the pa area plzzzzzzzzzz me back at melissaguldin@gmail plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz reply back

  • Lisa

    Thank goodness the owner called for help shows some kind of humanity. Just shouldn’t have treated animals on that way in the first place. I like these stories and dislike them. There are tons of animals in shelters and rescues that need forever homes. If you see this and want one go look in your local shelters and rescues.

  • marie G

    As stated, this was a collaborative effort with RCHS and Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and friends. 4Paws actually took half of these dogs/puppies once they were medically checked out on Monday by RCHS. People can also apply directly to Four Paws to adopt.

  • Bill Shelton

    All the dogs certainly appear so healthy and happy. Hopefully they remain that way and find their life long families.

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