Most of the neglected dogs confiscated from a north Minneapolis home in October have been adopted, according to animal control officials.
Authorities removed 30 Shih Tzu from the home of Loretta Mae Roach, an alleged animal breeder, on Oct. 20.
The dogs had feces matted into their fur, and many had skin conditions, missing teeth, and eye problems, animal control officials said.
Since then, twelve of the dogs have been adopted by individuals and 16 have been adopted by dog rescue groups.
Officials euthanized two of the dogs due to medical conditions and aggression.
Marilyn Fisher, shelter manager for Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, said similar animal cruelty cases usually result in worse outcomes. She praised community members and dog rescue groups for their involvement.
"They all just did an outstanding job," Fisher said.
Officials became aware of the alleged breeding operation when neighbors called to express concern that the 868-square-foot house smelled like urine and feces and might be filled with animals.
Roach has been charged with animal cruelty and obstructing the legal process in connection with the alleged breeding operation.