100 dogs taken from home

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) - Officials have rescued more than 100 dogs from a Hayden home where they were being kept in cramped and dirty conditions without protection from freezing temperatures.

Scotlund Haisley tells the Huntsville Times in a Friday story that he's relieved to know the dogs are starting out 2010 "on the road to becoming cherished family members." Haisley is senior director of Emergency Services for the national Humane Society.

The property owner had rescued the dogs and attempted to adopt them out, but became overwhelmed and did not have the proper resources to care for the canines.

The Humane Society is removing the animals and housing them at an emergency shelter set up in a vacant part of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.