Owner Surrenders 46 Purebred Maltese

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Over this past Labor Day weekend, a man in West Cornwall, Conn., surrendered his 46 purebred Maltese pets. This, after the dogs’ owner told animal control officers the situation just got out of hand and he could no longer care for his pets.

Little Guild is the organization that welcomed all 46 dogs. They have agreed to cover all costs of spaying and neutering the pets, and they will work towards getting every single dog adopted.


“I think it just got out of control a little bit,” Little Guild Executive Director Denise Cohn told Eye Witness News 3. “He did the right thing, turning them over to animal control. We’re getting them all altered. We’re adopting them all.”

The dogs range in ages from 4-weeks-old to a few years old. Due to the circumstances they lived in – caged in crammed spaces – they had little contact with humans and their social skills are not the best. Little Guild will socialize and rehabilitate the dogs prior to finding them forever homes.

“They’ve only seen one person most of their lives, all of their lives,” said Cohn. “Everything is new for them, but they’re adapting really well.”

If you are interested in learning more about these dogs and possibly adopt one of them, visit Little Guild’s website.