08/30/2013 08:58 EDT | Updated 10/30/2013 05:12 EDT

38 Dogs Abandoned Outside Richmond Shelter


RCMP in Richmond, B.C., are trying to find out who abandoned dozens of dogs outside the city's animal shelter last night.

City spokesman Ted Townsend said the 38 small dogs — among them Yorkies, terriers, and Chihuahuas — were stuffed inside 20 metal cages and plastic kennels and left at the front door of the shelter either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Townsend said it is possible the dogs were abandoned by the owner of a puppy mill, or even rescued by some sort of canine crusader.

They're apparently in good physical condition and Townsend said the shelter's phone has been ringing off the hook with people calling to adopt them.

"The good news is that they're being well looked after now, and we believe that they should find homes," he said. "I's just unfortunate that it didn't happen under better circumstances."

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