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Lovable puppies on parade

July 30, 2007

After three hours of waiting and whimpering, Houdini is still looking for a home.

The black and white canine escape artist was one of 17 puppies still left after the Puppy Parade held at the Yuba County Animal Care Services shelter Saturday. Three more puppies will be ready for adoption by the end of the month – and they all need homes, shelter supervisor Debra Luis said.

Houdini got her name after shelter workers learned she could climb out of her three-foot-tall kennel to greet people who came looking to bring home a pet. While she was in her kennel Saturday, Houdini was the life of the party, keeping the other dogs entertained by slapping playfully at their paws.

The kennel next to Houdini had six puppies who were lucky to be alive. Someone had seen them tossed into a culvert and called the authorities. While they were not able to catch the person who dumped the pups, they were able to fish out the puppies, Luis said.

“They were so limp and lifeless, I didn’t think they would make it,” she said. “Now they’re just as sweet as can be.”

One of those puppies was adopted Saturday and two more found homes as the day went on. All it took was a loving home, $5 for a puppy and a $40 deposit which owners could get back after having their pet spayed or neutered.

Thirteen-year-old Brooke Campbell of Oroville found what she was looking for in a chihuahua mix.

“I was looking for a smaller dog,” she said. “Plus, he was by himself and all independent. He was cute.”

Along with the three puppies that were adopted Saturday, three cats also found homes. Those six adoptions barely touch the tip of the kennels, where 17 puppies joined the rest of the dogs, cats, a chicken and a duck all waiting for homes.

The animal shelter is located at 5245 Feather River Blvd. in Linda/Olivehurst. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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