FT. BEND COUNTY, TX (KTRK) --Ten puppies, once left for dead on the side of the road, are now all settling into their new homes.
The Labrador mix puppies, about 7 weeks old, were found last week in Needville by good Samaritans who brought them to Fort Bend Animal Services.
"It's just wonderful to see them all going to new homes," said Fort Bend Animal Services Community Involvement Coordinator Barbara Vass.
The puppies are all in good health and are going to homes of people from varying walks of life. New owners include a 13 year old girl whose parents are surprising her with a puppy because she got straight A's in school. "She finally reached her goal and got all A's, so this is perfect!" said the girl's mother, Angel Harper.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls says he loves animals and was inspired to pay the $100 adoption fee for each of the new owners.
"When I saw the story on social media I felt it was the right thing to do to try to help people," he said.
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Nehls tells Eyewitness News he spent $1000 of the $1300 he has left in campaign funds. He considers this a cause well worth it. Nehls is running for re-election against Democrat challenger Michael Ellison.
Nehls points to animal overpopulation, not just in Fort Bend but elsewhere. There are over 120 dogs and puppies at this shelter still looking for homes.
Shelter dogs, some say, are some of the most loyal and loving.
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"(They) just want, someone to love them," said Cameron Reese, who adopted one of the puppies.
Dr. Michael Moore at Foster Creek Veterinary Hospital is offering free spay, neutering and rabies vaccinations to those who adopted the ten puppies.
Shelter officials urge you to consider adopting any of the other animals still looking for homes. For more on animals still up for adoption at Fort Bend Animal Services you can check out their Facebook page.