CHARLOTTE--After 76 dogs and puppies were rescued from a South Carolina puppy mill, the Humane Society of Charlotte is working hard to find them all homes.
Dozens of people showed up to the shelter Saturday morning hoping to adopt but officials said for some of the dogs, it is just too soon.
The animals were seized from an Edgefield County puppy mill on September 11. After being held in a temporary shelter in Columbia for the past nine days, they arrived in Charlotte Friday night.
"The conditions these dogs were living in were pretty bad. A lot of them were living in wire cages, with no solid ground. Very dirty conditions, dirty water, dirty food. They were living in their own feces," explained Jorge Ortega.
"It's just terrible. It's awful. I don't know why people think it's ok to do that," said Barry Bobrow.
Barry Bobrow came to adopt one of the dogs on Saturday. Workers at the Humane Society of Charlotte said there were 30 people waiting at the door when they opened. But only about 10 dogs were deemed ready to release.
"The Yorkies that we were trying to get are way too little to be adopted so we have to check back in two weeks to a month,” said Shamitira Watkins.
Emergency Response Team members said that's the case with many of the puppies. As for the older dogs, each animal is being evaluated by medical and behavioral staff before being adopted out.
Karen Noble said with "Frosty" they've decided to foster first.
"I think the concern is that these dogs just haven't been socialized, you know, they are great dogs! There's nothing wrong with them. But you know, we just want to make sure that they are going to gel with us," said Noble.
While a surge like this adds pressure to the already in demand agency, officials said the overwhelming support from the community is exactly what they had hoped for.
Officials said more and more of the dogs will be available each day. They are also asking for monetary donations to help with vet costs.