An animal rescue organization is planning to bring more dogs to the Valley on Sunday from the Tucson area, where about 800 small dogs were rescued this week from a home in filthy conditions.
Arizona Chihuahua Rescue has been working with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona to bring the dogs to Maricopa County since they were discovered on Wednesday. The dogs included Chihuahuas, terriers, Pomeranians and mixed breeds.
The rescue group brought 93 dogs to the Valley on Wednesday and Thursday and hoped to bring more on Saturday, but the Humane Society in Tucson was flooded with interested families who wanted to adopt the animals.
"They were swamped," said Melissa Gable, Arizona Chihuahua Rescue volunteer. "Cars were lined up waiting for them."
The dogs are being placed in foster care before going to permanent homes.
For now, she said the group's members are fostering as many dogs as possible, and volunteers will take care of the rest.
Those who are interested in temporarily caring for the dogs must go through an application process.
After the dogs are observed and treated for at least two weeks, the organization will start posting photos and information on its Web site. The public can adopt them for $150 to $250 each.
To donate puppy food or provide other help, visit Arizona Chihuahua Rescue at www.azchihuahuarescue.org or call (480) 844-2447.