Eight dogs found running stray in Saskatoon earlier this month will soon be looking for new homes.
The poodle/shih-tzu crosses, believed to be between one and four years old, are currently in the care of the Saskatoon SPCA.
They came to the shelter through animal control on Oct. 10, after being found running together in the Sifton Park area of Mount Royal.
“They were very unkempt. Their fur had clearly not been groomed in some time, they were matted with urine and feces,” said Jasmine Hanson, education and public relations co-ordinator for the Saskatoon SPCA.
“A situation like that can certainly cause infection or disease in the future.”
Hanson said emergency grooming was the first priority for seven of the eight dogs.
Further assessment found a few of the animals needed dental work, including some tooth extractions, and one has been slated for eye surgery. Some of the dogs are also being provided with extra socialization in foster care.
Hanson said they’re still not sure of the living situation the dogs came from, adding the SPCA’s animal protection officer is investigating.
“The dogs were all kind of the same mixture of breeds, and they were all found together in the same area — it’s quite an indicator they must come from the same place.”
The Saskatoon SPCA previously put out a call for information on the possible owner or owners, but no viable information has been brought forward and no one has come forward to claim the dogs as their own.
Anyone with information regarding ownership is asked to contact the Saskatoon SPCA.
The shelter plans to put the dogs up for adoption once the medical procedures and foster time are completed. Hanson said they hope this will happen within the next few weeks.
Three of the dogs, named Rogue, Xavier and Wolverine, are already looking for homes.
People are encouraged to watch the Saskatoon SPCA’s website for more information on the dogs and when they will be available for adoption.
People can also make donations towards the medical care of these animals at the shelter or online.