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Seized Tibetan terriers available for adoption in Prince William County

An award winning Tibetan terrier.
An award winning Tibetan terrier.
Atisha Tibetan Terriers webpage

A civil case against a prominent D.C. lawyer and dog breeder was settled Tuesday afternoon, and now 32 Tibetan terriers are available for adoption by the Prince William County Animal Shelter in Manassas, Va. reported

When the dogs were seized from the Aldie Road home of Sheryl Schultis, they were severely matted and living in kennels filled with urine and feces. For days, volunteers had to shave, comb, and clean the dogs. President of the Prince William County Humane Society, Lori Leary stated:

"In my experience, these were some of the worst I've ever seen. They were horrendous. The stench alone was disgusting. It broke my heart. The majority of them were terribly matted -- coated in urine and feces. Their nails were extremely long. They could hardly walk."

The website for the breeder, Atisha Tibetans Terriers - Excellence with Elegance shows a sharp contrast to what must have been years ago before the owner became overwhelmed with the care of the dogs. Ironically the website states:

"Atisha Tibetans are known for their graceful, elegant movement. My motto is “excellence with elegance.” I strive to continually improve my Tibetan Terriers by combining the best of American and European lines. Even after more than two decades of breeding Tibetan Terriers, I am always looking to improve my breeding program without losing what I have worked too hard to achieve."

As is required by law, all of the dogs will be spayed or neutered before being eligible for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, please contact the Prince William County Animal Shelter at 14807 Bristow Road in Manassa or call (703)-792-6465.

The role of the P.W. Humane Society is to assist the Shelter in getting these animals adopted and in some of those cases that includes costly medical treatments. As such, the P.W. Humane Society is accepting donations to the P.A.W.S. Fund to help defray those costs and get all the dogs healthy and adopted. The P.A.W.S. Fund was established to help the sick and injured homeless pets at the Shelter and 100% of all donations go directly to these special cases. If you want to help us help them, please donate at:

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