Dozens of people have approached humane services in Conception Bay South about adopting one or more of the dogs rescued from an abandoned home in the town on Wednesday night. 

"The support from the community has been overwhelming," said Ed Jarvis, a humane services officer with the town of C.B.S. 

"We've got over forty-five people who we have their name and number now, that have contacted us to adopt these animals."

The seven pit bulls were rescued after a resident complained to the town council of hearing whining and yelping from the house, but seeing no human activity on the property. 

The dogs have all been treated by a veterinarian and are expected to make full recoveries.  

Ed Jarvis

Ed Jarvis, a humane services officer with the town of Conception Bay South, visits one of the seven pit bulls he helped rescue from an abandoned home in the town on Wednesday evening. (CBC)

The RNC is searching for the owner, and expect to lay charges.  

Animal adoption demand may grow

But the C.B.S. pit bulls may just be a sign of a growing need for animal adoptions. 

The new provincial Animal Protection Act has given municipalities such as C.B.S. the right to seize animals in suspected cases of cruelty or neglect. 

That could mean that more animals will end up in shelters in need of adoption. 

"Shelters are challenged, there's no doubt about it," said Simone Browne, the president of the St. John's chapter of the SPCA.   

"So if you can, adopt. If you can't, foster.  And if you can't do that, donate. So there's a role for every member of the community to play." 

Jarvis said the pit bulls he helped rescue have a chance for a better life. 

"They now have a second opportunity," said Jarvis. 

"We're going to make sure they go to a family where they're going to be a companion animal, where they have social and happy interactions, and where they can live the rest of their days as a family pet."