Lottery held to find new homes for 'Naples 85'

Updated: October 07, 2019 08:32 AM
Created: October 06, 2019 06:20 PM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Many of the dogs known as the 'Naples 85'  found new homes on Sunday.

The group of rescue dogs became famous after being seized from a home in Naples in one of the worst animal cruelty cases in Ontario County history.


After a legal battle with the dogs' original owners, the Ontario County Humane Society was able to gain custody of the dogs and put them up for adoption.

"It was kind of overwhelming at first knowing that there was so many," said shelter manager Diane Faas. "We did not anticipate getting that many out of that house."

The Humane Society received around 300 applications to adopt the dogs and decided to hold a lottery to decide which families got the dogs.

"We saw the news on the television and our hearts went out for these little dogs," said lottery participant Lydia Guffey. "So within two weeks we came out and put in an application."

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