Updated:ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —
Orange County Animal Services added 34 dogs to its already overcrowded shelter this week, after a dog-fighting ring was busted in Apopka.
Animal Services hosted an “Adopt-a-thon” event to empty out some of its kennels Saturday.
The shelter also reduced adoption fees to $15.
Officials said they had 140 adoptions, which is more than double the adoptions they typically have on a weekend.
Animal Services is still caring for the dogs rescued from the dog-fighting ring, which led to the arrests of 26 people.
Animal Services workers said they are grateful the community stepped in to help.
“When I arrived at the shelter at 10 a.m. right before the doors opened, probably 40 people were waiting outside just to come in,” said Caroline Mlynarczyk.
The dogs that were rescued form the dog-fighting ring remain in isolation at Animal Services.
The county is fighting for custody of the dogs as the investigation into the animal cruelty cases continues.