On Day 2, Yorkies attract another big crowd in Tampa
TAMPA - Yorkie-mania: Day Two. More Yorkshire terriers are available for adoption this morning. The moppets were seized in a raid on two suspected puppy mills last week. Today, a half-dozen or so Yorkies will be adopted out at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's shelter on Armenia Avenue. But if you aren't already there, you are probably too late.One spokeswoman said that when staff members arrived this morning, the parking lot was already full. "We open at 10 a.m.," said the chapter's executive director, Sherry Silk. "We've got 15 Yorkies total, but some are too young to be adopted out right now, and they're in foster homes." The ones that will be dished out today have been spayed or neutered and micro-chipped and are up to date on all their vaccinations, she said. "Some are older, 3 or 4," she said. "I think one is 9. They are great dogs. They're adorable." As of mid-morning, there were already more potential adoptees at the humane society than Yorkies, Silk said, and it is hoped that some folks who show up will pick a non-Yorkie to take home. "We have between 40 and 50 dogs," she said. As people wait in line, staff members will walk some of those dogs up and down the lines hoping to match homeless animals with potential owners. The Yorkies were seized from two locations last week by Hillsborough County Animal Services investigators. No charges have been filed, but the healthier dogs are being adopted out. On Thursday, more than 100 people showed up trying to adopt 23 Yorkies at the county's animal shelter in Brandon.