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22 Shih Tzu dogs rescued in Hillsdale County

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HILLSDALE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Four Shih Tzus were found abandoned on the side of the road in Hillsdale County, and this is the second time it's happened in about a month.

Sally Geer is president of Animal Aid of Branch County. She has saved many dogs in the past. Earlier this week, Geer received a call from a woman who lives near the area were the dogs were dropped off. On Monday night, Geer was able to catch two of the dogs. The third was caught Tuesday, and the fourth is still on the loose.

Geer says the dog is afraid to get close to people, so they've set out a live trap for it.

The dogs were covered in fleas, had matted fur, skin infections, and dry eyes. They were taken to the Care Center Animal Hospital in Coldwater.

Last month, Geer and her team rescued another 18 dogs in similar conditions. Those 18 were turned over by the owner. Geer says she's not sure if the two instances are connected.

"I would hate to think she lied to us and didn't give us all of them initially, but I also hate to think that there's more people out there mistreating them this badly," Geer said.

The rescued dogs are doing better now. It will be at least a couple weeks before they'll be ready for adoptions. For information on adopting or to donate to help with the costs of treating the rescued dogs, visit the Animal Aid of Branch County website or email them.

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