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Hundreds of adoption applications pour in for dogs surrendered to Merrill shelter

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After more than 50 dogs were surrendered, the Lincoln County Humane Society has received more than 300 applications for adoptions, according to officials there.

The Lincoln County Humane Society received 57 dogs in a matter of hours Saturday after the dogs' owners gave them up. The dogs owners' former landlord told Newsline 9 the tenants were evicted. Sheriff's officials confirm the home was not condemned.

Shelter officials say that have seen an outpouring of community support since the dogs were dropped off. Neccessary supplies were donated, but the shelter is now in need of white printer paper and Epson DURABrita Ultra Black Ink #126 due to the spike in adoption applications.

Shelter officials say they are able to send out nursing mothers and babies so far, as they work with veterinarians to make sure all the dogs are healthy and have a certified veterinary inspection. They plan to release the dogs directly for adoption as soon as they can.

Shelter leaders say the dogs range from 2 weeks to 8 years old and include Australian Shepard, "teddy bears", chihuahuas, and small poodles.

They are also asking for monetary donations to cover veterinarian fees. Humane Society leaders say the dogs are in good health but they need vaccinations. Leaders estimate the cost to spayed and neuter all of the dogs will be about $8,000.

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