After a long wait, 14 doggy years to be exact, several pups at the Humane Society of Atlantic County are ready to find a new home.
For the last two years, the Humane Society has been home for 11 dogs seized during the Scheld/Thomas pet hoarding case.
"There were 56 animals seized, 11 animals are still here at the shelter and now that they're released by the court, we can start processing them for adoption," said Executive Director of the Human Society of Atlantic County Steven Dash.
The dogs were seized from Dawn Scheld and Leroy Thomas after they were accused of neglecting and abusing the animals.
During the court case and lengthy appeals process, the dogs were housed at the Humane Society.
Now, with a final verdict, the dogs are finally available for adoption and a medical exam away from starting a happier chapter in their lives.
"They are in fabulous condition, in great health and great spirits," said veterinarian Dr. Greg Pieretti.
Interested parties can begin applying for adoption and take home dogs like Zelda, who got to meet her new mother for the first time today.
"I heard that she was here for 2 years, waiting to be released from the dog hoarding case so it's like a freedom day for her," said Zelda's new mom Dee McNeely-Greene.
For staff at the Humane Society, the adoptions are bittersweet.
After spending the last two years with the dogs, they are sad to see them go, but happy Zelda and her companions are finding loving homes.
"I feel that she's a lucky girl, she'll have everything now. She'll have a lot of attention, she'll be able to get her medical care. She has a fenced in yard and she has playmates and she'll never have to worry again, so I'm happy for her," said McNeely-Greene.
And after two long years of calling the humane society home, 11 dogs are ready for adoption and life with their new families.