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BOISE -- The Idaho Humane Society is overflowing with small dogs.

Shelter officials say 50 small breed dogs from Oakland County, Calif., were brought to Idaho over the weekend. They are part of a program to provide a safe haven and a second chance at adoption for dogs at overcrowded shelters.

All of the new arrivals are small breed dogs, mostly Chihuahua and terrier mixes. A dozen of the dogs are now available for adoption at the IHS PetSmart Adoption Center near the Boise Towne Square Mall.

The dogs come from unknown backgrounds, but are said to be social and energetic young adult dogs. Potential new owners are expected to commit to socialization, training and house training.

Officials say the rest of the dogs will be available for adoption this week once they have been examined by staff at the IHS Veterinary Medical Center.

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