MANATEE -- Almost all of the dogs seized from a hoarder in Venice by Sarasota County Animal Services have found new homes, some in Manatee County.
In May, 263 dogs were taken from their owner in what was reported to be one of the largest cases of hoarding in county history.
Honor Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Manatee County, took in 47 of those dogs. All but two have been adopted.
Underdog Rescue of Florida in Bradenton took in 13 dogs and only one, a Yorkie named Beff, has yet to be adopted.
"It is really fantastic," said Karissa Mayer, director of operations for Honor Animal Rescue. "The community itself stepped up. We couldn't have done this if the people didn't step up and foster and adopt them."
Many of the dogs were in need of foster care to become socialized and house-trained. The breeds included labradoodles, Yorkies, Chihuahuas and Jack Russell terriers.
"Some were in such bad condition you couldn't tell what they were until you shaved them down," Mayer said.
The previous owner of the dogs has received multiple citations, according to Wendy Rose, Sarasota Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. All of the dogs seized were sent to various animal rescue groups.
It was the largest wave of animals taken in by Honor Animal Rescue and most taken by any rescue in the county in response to the seizure.
"It's something you can't say no to," Mayer said.
There are two dogs from the Venice mill available for adoption at Honor Animal Rescue's Ranch shelter at 4951 Lorraine Road in East Bradenton -- a Chihuahua and a greyhound mix. Those interested in adopting either of the two should call the shelter at 941-302-0933 or 941-747-4900.
Beff will be one of 40 dogs available for adoption during an event today at Sniglet's Dog Bakery, at 2827 University Parkway in Sarasota between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To contact Underdog Rescue of Florida, call 941-746-9663 or visit www.underdogadopt.com.
Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams