RICHMOND - Maybelline the dog is soaking up the attention, barely flinching during her vet exam.
This hound, like the others, needs extensive medical care.
But Richmond SPCA CEO Robin Starr says they're on their way.
"It will take the investment of a lot of resources and it will take time but it is all very achievable," she says. "They will begin to feel comfortable in a home as a real pet, which they have not enjoyed being many of them in their entire lives."
The Richmond SPCA took in nine of Annette Thompson's 50 dogs back on September 13. Thompson agreed to give them up in exchange for having animal cruelty charges against her dropped.
But removing the dogs was just the first step.
"They had been left outside and had received very little if any vet care for many years."
Many are on antibiotics now, just to get them ready for treatment for heartworms, tumors, head injuries and more.
One-on-one contact also helps with socialization and Starr says she's confident, from the oldest to the youngest, all of the dogs will be up for adoption soon.
"Dogs are remarkably resilient creatures that will still love humans no matter what they've been through and will go to a good home."
Starr says some of the dogs will be ready in a week or two. Others will take more time.
If you're interested in adopting one of the Goochland dogs, contact the Richmond SPCA at 804-643-6785.
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