BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Animal Shelter officials say their population at their facility swelled by 50% in one day after 66 Shar Pei dogs were surrendered to their care.
According to animal shelter officials, the Shar Pei dogs, ranging in age from one to thirteen years of age, were bred for resale by a local breeder; many of the dogs have their American Kennel Club papers.
Officials say all the dogs lack basic veterinary care, and a large number suffer from inherited traits that result in hearing loss and blindness when left unchecked. A press release by the shelter states the wrinkles that make the breed's face so adorable can grow faster than the skull and cover the eye which can require entropion surgery to expose the eyes.
Shelter veterinary surgeons will be providing the surgery on Feb. 18 in order to prepare the dogs for adoption into forever homes.
All dogs will be spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and micro-chipped prior to going to a new home.
"Foster homes are needed for several older dogs needing more extensive care. Donations to defray the treatment costs may be made on our secure "Donate Now" button at www.docwilliamsspca.org," a press release stated.
Eight of these dogs are already available for adoption and may be seen at 502 Cypress Gardens Rd., in Moncks Corner from noon to 6 p.m. daily.