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MSPCA-Angell Rescues 16 Shih Tzus, Four Siamese Cats from Marlborough Home

BOSTON, Sept. 18, 2014 – Owing to huge demand for purebred dogs and cats in Massachusetts, the 16 Shih Tzu dogs and four Siamese cats surrendered from a Marlborough, Mass. house on Monday are expected to quickly find new homes, according to the MSPCA-Angell’s Boston adoption center staffers involved in their rescue.

The animals were living in a home described as cramped and unsuitable for the number of animals living inside.  The animals’ previous owner, whose identity is not being released, voluntarily surrendered them to the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement dept. upon realizing the situation in the home had become untenable.  No charges have been filed.

The MSPCA’s Boston adoption center team removed the animals, transported them to the Jamaica Plain shelter and began veterinary and behavior exams.  According to adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger, the animals have a bright a future: “The animals are generally in fine shape.  Many of them are dirty; some of the dogs are matted; and, of course, their home environment was less than ideal.  But we’re confident we can place all of them for adoption in the next few weeks.”

Krieger said that six of the dogs are adults, ranging in age from one to five years.  The 10 puppies range in age from five to 12 weeks old.  The two Siamese cats are one year old, with two four-month-old kittens.


Two gorgeous Siamese cats, with four young kittens, arrived along with the Shih Tzus (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

Two gorgeous Siamese cats, with four young kittens, arrived along with the Shih Tzus (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

Huge Demand Anticipated

The MSPCA has already placed some of the puppies in foster care until they reach eight weeks of age and are available for adoption.  The rest of the animals will be available for adoption beginning next week.  Interested adopters can email with questions about the animals as well as the adoption process.  The MSPCA also maintains an online resource detailing everything would-be adopters need to know about the process.

The MSPCA-Angell’s three state-wide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats and other animals every year.  These animals represent just one of the many animals who arrive every day—and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.  Readers can contribute directly toward the care of these animals by clicking here.



The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit