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Shelter overwhelmed after taking in 22 puppies, 10 still available for adoption

(Source: Lee County Animal Shelter) (Source: Lee County Animal Shelter)
BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) -

The folks at the Lee County Animal Shelter in Bishopville have been working a little overtime after animal control officers handed them 22 puppies Monday morning.

"I just know I've got an office full of puppies that need help," said the shelter's administrator Doris Winstead.

Lee County Animal Control picked the approximately 6-week-old puppies up from a home on Swimming Penn Road Monday morning. The resident told officers the dogs "just showed up."

The puppies have ballooned the shelter's normal population of 50-60 animals to a point of distress for Winstead. "We have way too many animals," she said.

Winstead says 10 out of the 22 puppies are available for adoption. Candidates must have a recommendation from a veterinarian and agree to spay or neuter the dog by the time it turns 12 weeks old.

"We've got to be careful that these guys don't go out into the general public and be bred again," said Winstead.

Winstead says the puppies are fortunate someone found them before the really cold weather pushed through the Midlands. "These puppies probably would have frozen to death," she said.

The Lee County Animal Shelter is located at 101 Animal Shelter Lane off of Hwy 341 in Bishopville.

You can reach the shelter by calling 803-428-2077.

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