Nancy Benevento-Brown, the shelter's founder and CEO, said the shelter took custody of 26 dogs on Dec. 15, including Shih Tzus, Pomeranians, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Pinschers and others. The animals were delivered to the shelter from "puppy mills" through an intermediary, she said.
All of the dogs were in deplorable condition, covered with animal waste and lacking medical care, Benevento-Brown said.
For pictures of all the dogs and more on how the shelter is managing the influx, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.
Want to help?
Island Safe Harbor is seeking donations to cover the cost of caring for the additional dogs. Donations may be mailed to
2337 S. Linda Drive, Marblehead, OH 43440. Families seeking to adopt a dog can call 419-960-7487 for information.