Tiny paws bring aahs at Polk dog adoption event

The line outside Polk County Animal Services started forming before 6 a.m. today. Hundreds of people wanted the chance to adopt one of the small dogs inside.

“I like to get a dog that needs a home,” said Linda Nelson, who was among the first to arrive.

There has been a lot of interest in the dogs since Polk deputies seized them last month from the Lakeland home of Bradley and Elizabeth Roden.

Investigators said they found more than 180 dogs, mostly small breeds, living in filthy cages inside the mobile home and in the yard. The dogs had health issues ranging from heartworm to mange.

“That doesn’t bother me,” Nelson said. “That just makes me want them more to give them a good home.”

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