Animal shelter takes in 73 abandoned Great Danes

FREEPORT, FL (WJHG) A Florida animal shelter is dealing with a unique problem.

Alaqua Animal Refuge founder Laurie Hood says in the history of her non-profit they’ve had only one Great Dane up for adoption. Now, they can multiply that number by 73.

Last Wednesday, Alaqua Animal Refuge employees were contacted by family members of a Walton County dog breeder saying he was not in good health.

“He abandoned all these dogs and was at a point where there was no one to care for them,” said Hood.

After receiving word from the breeder’s family, several volunteers stepped in to get the dogs out of their abandoned home. Each day they’d removed 20 dogs from the breeder’s property and brought them to the refuge.

“We knew we had to do it,” said Hood. “It went from excitement, to panic, to how are we going to pull it off?”

Hood says for the most part the Great Danes were healthy, some even pregnant.

“They’ve had previous injuries not anything severe but definitely something we need to look at,” said Hood.

All of the dogs will be micro-chipped, spayed and neutered before adoption. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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