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More than 500 apply to adopt dogs as deadline passes at Lincoln Co. Humane Society

MERRILL (WAOW) - Workers at the Lincoln County Humane Society say they will be looking over hundreds of dog adoption applications this weekend. A Lincoln County Sheriff's Lieutenant says last weekend the shelter took in 57 dogs from a couple who had been evicted and could no longer take care of the animals.

"Obviously the animals' owner was distraught for having to surrender the dogs, but like I said it was a voluntary situation," said Lt. Tim Fischer of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department. "There were no criminal charges pending. The animals weren't neglected."

The deadline to turn in applications was today. Shelter leaders say they received more than 500 applications, as well as donations of money and pet supplies.

"We literally had to readjust the storage shed because we couldn't fit everything in there," said Lincoln County Humane Society Shelter Manager Liz Friedenfels. "We've just been really blessed by how much support we received."

Shelter leaders also say the Merrill Veterinary Clinic donated 10 spays or neuters to help offset medical costs.

Applicants say they're hopeful, even if the odds of getting chosen aren't in their favor.

"The dogs are bound to go to a good home even if it's not mine," said Lesley DeVries of Wausau.

Workers say they hope to place the dogs that are old enough into their new homes by New Year's Eve.
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