Fourteen miniature pinschers — four males and 10 females — are calling the Driftless Humane Society in Viroqua their temporary home after having been seized from two Wood County homes on Sept. 21 and 23.

The 14 miniature pinschers were among 76 dogs taken by the Wood County humane officer, who was assisted by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, to the South Wood County Humane Society.

Linda Kica, executive director of the Driftless Humane Society, saw the Wood County story on Facebook and messaged the South Wood County Humane Society.

“I messaged them we have room and let me know if I could help,” she said. “There were 70-some dogs — two to three poodles, a mastiff and the rest miniature pinschers. The South Wood County Humane Society was just overwhelmed because they couldn’t house them all.”

Kica and Rachel Graves, the shelter’s office manager, drove to the Wisconsin Rapids shelter to pick up the 14 miniature pinschers on Sept. 30. The shelter staff in Wisconsin Rapids did the initial vetting of the dogs, Kica said.

One of the miniature pinschers, Lila, is expecting puppies. None of the dogs have been spayed or neutered. Kica said she and the shelter staff are guessing that the youngest miniature pinscher is a 1½ years old, and the oldest ones 5 to 7 years old. “One of the boys acts like a puppy.”

“They are in remarkably good shape. The Wood County humane society de-fleaed them and de-wormed them,” she said. “The look good and love people.”

Kica said the 14 miniature pinschers will be adopted quickly and it will bring people through the shelter to see the other animals available for adoption.

“We have probably have 80 percent of people looking for small dogs,” Kica said. “These are not ready to go yet. When these dogs have been in the play yard, at least a half dozen people have asked to reserve one.”

“Lots of times people don’t know what they are looking for (when they want to adopt),” she added

On Oct. 11, the dogs will see a veterinarian for a physical exam, vaccinations (distemper, rabies, Bordetella) and be tested for tick-related diseases. Once the dogs get the OK from the vet, they can be put on the adoption floor.

Kica said if anyone is interested in adopting one of the miniature pinschers, she advises them to submit an application soon.

The humane society is looking for donations to help pay for the spays and neuters of these 14 dogs. Donations can be made on the Driftless Humane Society’s website or in person at the shelter. Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The shelter is also in need of dog food, both canned and dry, any brand. Grain-free is nice but not necessary. Kica said they average about six or seven dogs at the shelter, so having the extra mouths to feed “is huge for us.”

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Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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