Thirty-eight dogs were found in cages at a shelter in Richmond and a dozen more were left outside one in Westminster, the Richmond News reported.
Carol Reichert, executive director of the Richmond Animal Protection Society shelter, said the dogs, mostly smaller dogs such as terriers, Yorkie and Chihuahua crossbreeds, appeared to be in relatively good health.
The dogs were left sometime overnight Thursday, the newspaper said. Reichert said a staff member discovered the dogs when she arrived Friday morning.
"She was shrieking so loud I couldn't make out what she was saying," Reichert said. "I feared the worst until I got here and discovered how healthy the dogs are and how well-behaved.
"They are so nice, very socialized. Whoever dropped them off cared for them."
Caring for the new arrivals will put a financial burden on the shelters, with Reichert saying the cost could approach $15,000 for the Richmond facility.
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