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Animal rescue officials seek homes for 13 dogs seized from Braintree home

Animal welfare officials said they are seeking homes for 13 dogs seized earlier this month, after they were found with five others in a filthy Braintree home owned by a woman ­described as a “hoarder.”

One of the 18 Shar-Pei dogs had to be euthanized. Four ­others were treated, spayed or neutered, and returned to the woman, whom officials ­declined to identify.

When they were discovered, the purebred dogs, ranging in age from six months to two years, were suffering from eye and skin problems, according to veterinarians from the ­Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-­Angell in Jamaica Plain. None had been spayed or neutered. Most were “under­socialized and scared,” officials said.

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“When we first arrived, we were overwhelmed by the sheer number of dogs living in one house,” said Elysse Kelly, an MSPCA law enforcement agent who went to the home Jan. 14.

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“The owner conceded the situation had gotten out of control and that she needed help. We assured her that we would do everything possible to ­address the dogs’ health problems so that they might find more suitable homes,” Kelly said.

MSPCA officials said they euthanized one of the dogs because it was “extremely aggressive and unable to be placed for adoption.” Four other dogs were returned to the woman because they were “particularly bonded” with her.

“We’re confident she can care for them without the burden of so many other dogs in the home,” Kelly said.

The 13 other dogs are receiving medical treatment and social­ization training at the MSPCA’s adoption center in ­Jamaica Plain. The MSPCA is seeking experienced dog owners, preferably people who have cared for Shar-Pei before, to find homes for the dogs. Those interested in adopting can ­e-mail adoption@mspca.org.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at ­mjrochele@gmail.com.