GEORGETOWN, Del.- Dozens of dogs were found in good condition at a Dover home last week and are now available for adoption.

According to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 44 mostly small breed dogs were found in the home after the dogs' elderly caretaker passed away. Family members called the Office of Animal Welfare for help, who then in turn called the SPCA.

""We appreciate the next of kin taking a proactive role to ensure the safety and well-being of these dogs,"" says Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. ""Having the infrastructure we do across the state of Delaware made us uniquely qualified to respond to that request for help.""

After being spayed or neutered, a few of the dogs will be returned to family members. The others are being put up for adoption. BVSPCA Delaware Director Walter Fenstermacher says community interest in the dogs has been tremendous.

"We've actually had folks that were lining up this morning with hopes to adopt and we've actually found new homes for quite a few of them," explains Fenstermacher.

The dogs are primarily Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Yorkshire Terriers. They are available for adoption at the New Castle and Georgetown Campuses, and more will be available Wednesday at the West Chester Campus.

For more information, visit the Brandywine Valley SPCA's website.