Seven dogs are being nursed back to health after they were surrendered to Massachusetts animal control officials.
MSPCA officials said its Nevins Farm facility in Methuen took in the beagles and harriers after they were surrendered to Lakeville Animal Control.
Because the shelter has a small staff and limited resources, it couldn't meet the dogs' veterinary needs, which ranged from Lyme disease, dental disease and other health issues, MSPCA officials said.
"They were thin, they were pretty dirty, they had fleas," said Mike Keiley with the MSPCA. "We are treating them for parasites. They all need dental care, they have some worn and rotten teeth that we need to take out."
The dogs were living in an outdoor kennel that kept them safe from the element, but didn't have the comforts of a home, when they were surrendered to the Lakeville shelter after their owner died. As a result, the animals were underweight and under-socialized, according to the MSPCA.
However, the dogs, which range in age from 5 to 8 years old - are improving by the day with treatments.
Keiley said the dogs may have some slight behavioral problems but just need some tender loving care.
"They might struggle initially with housebreaking, they might steal something off your counter they are not supposed to have so we need some people with patience," he said.
Those who are interested in adopting these dogs and other animals are encouraged to visit the MSPCA's Nevins Farm location in Methuen, or visit their website.
"They are ready for adoption right now, they are looking for great homes," Keiley said.