SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The group of sick, neglected dogs pulled from a home in Holyoke Thursday are on the road to recovery.
The dogs, dubbed the "Newton 15," were found inside the apartment located at 80 Newton Street. Thomas J. O'Connor animal control officers and Holyoke's animal inspector went into the home and found 15 dogs in total, one of which was dead, and another that was trapped between walls inside the home.
"Their biggest problems right now are severe anemia from the flea-load they had, and also dehydration," TJO Executive Director Pam Peebles said.
An update was posted on the adoption center's Facebook page Friday morning, saying that the dogs did well their first night at the shelter.
"They were a little nervous, but excited to see us this A.M.," the post read. "They all ate like champs and seem much more alert than yesterday. Their bedding was coated in thousands of dead fleas, so we are pretty sure they slept soundly last night."
Peebles told 22News Saturday will be a "spa day" for the dogs, who are in need of nail trimmings and baths. The staff and volunteers at TJO had to hold off on the baths due to parasite treatment they received on Thursday.
Peebles said it's still too early to know if there will be charges filed in connection to the animals' neglect. They were inside a previously condemned home.
As many as three of the "Newton 15" could be available for adoption later next week, while others will need longer to get back on their feet.
Holyoke and Massachusetts State Police are investigating the incident.
22News Reporter Mike Masciadrelli stopped by the condemned home on Newton Street where the dogs were found and visited the pups at TJO. See how they're doing on 22News Starting at 5:00 p.m.
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