RI shelter takes in dogs from North Carolina

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is home to a couple dozen more canines this morning. Over the weekend a Middletown animal shelter took ownership of 22 dogs from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina. And it looks like there will be no problem adopting them out.

Tucker, Gus and Polly - three month old tan and black lab mixes whose cuteness would melt your heart - are three of the 22 dogs - most of them puppies - who arrived in Rhode Island from an overcrowded shelter in Mitchell County, North Carolina Saturday.

They're staying at the Potter League Animal Shelter in Middletown, where spokeswoman Pat Heller says people have been clamoring to adopt them.

"Our staff said we've had over 35 inquiries," she says. "We were on the news several times. We were also in the Providence Journal."

The Potter League gets an out of state shipment of dogs about once a month. Heller says spaying and neutering is not as common in the South. As a consequence there are a lot of unwanted puppies.

But they don't go unwanted long in Rhode Island. Heller says these 22 will have homes in a week.

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