Police seized 78 bulldogs from an apparent puppy mill in Southern California.
The French and English bulldogs were discovered with mange and urine burns on their paws after a neighbor called Westminster police.
The dogs were sent to the Westminster Adoption Group Services after having been discovered in what police say were "deplorable conditions." Many of the dogs were caged for several days.
"The odor and the smell there throughout the property was so disgusting and unsanitary that some of our officers actually got sick to their stomach and had to leave the property," Westminster Police Department Cmdr. Cameron Knauaerhaze said.
Police have opened a criminal investigation on the dog owner.
Due to their mistreatment each of the dogs are suffering from ailments.
Tuesday was the first day applicants could put their name on a list to take one of the dogs home. So far 5,000 applications have been filed.
If you would like to offer one of the dogs a forever home, fill out an application and email it to email@example.com by Saturday, November 18 at 5 p.m. Viewing and visiting will take place for approved applicants from November 20-27. The lottery process will take place on November 27-28. Dogs will not be shipped.
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