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Puppies rescued in drug raid nearly ready for adoption

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Last month, law enforcement rescued 10 dogs from a Saratoga Springs home after conducting a drug raid. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, less than two weeks later, officials say the dogs are almost ready to be put in new homes.

SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. – Less than two weeks ago when Saratoga Springs police hauled six men out of a home at 149 Grande Avenue home in handcuffs, they also left with some precious cargo. Not evidence or paraphernalia, but nine baby pitbulls and their mother.

"You don't ever want to see animals in a situation [like this] because they're relying on the caretakers," Saratoga County Administrator Spencer Hellwig said.

Prior to the drug raid, the animals' original owner had been sentenced to prison. While all of the dogs appear to be well fed and cared for and in good health, it remains unclear who was looking after them.

"At this point we've been unable to identify a responsible owner and therefore we'll take care of the animals, make sure they're fed and vaccinated," Hellwig said.

Animal shelter staff will wait for an owner to come forward until May 11th before spaying and neutering each of the dogs, a necessary step before putting them up for adoption.

"You want to make sure that when it's appropriate they're put in homes with loving owners," Hellwig said.

Animal shelter staff estimate when the dogs came to the shelter on the 19th, they were no more than a week or two old. They expect all of the animals, including the mother, to be ready to adopt in less than four weeks.

"At some point we're going to find suitable homes because there's always interest from the public side in taking these dogs home and making them part of their families," Hellwig said.

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