Rescued dogs available for adoption; owner arrested

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Twenty-five dogs removed from a filthy home in Dacula are now available for adoption. The animals' owner has been arrested and charged with cruelty.
 
The dogs were taken to the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter after authorities responded to a home on Paiute Court Monday, where a 76-year-old woman and her son were reportedly living in “deplorable conditions.” 
 
A 911 caller told police the woman was wandering around the neighborhood, and the dogs were constantly escaping and running up and down the street.
 
The woman’s son, John Soper, 52, was reportedly at work. The home was described as “being littered in filth, feces, urine, and other trash.”
 
The elderly woman was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for evaluation and later taken to a personal care home in Barrow County.
 
Sopher was charged with cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older.  He has since bonded out of jail, but may face additional charges. 
 
Shelter officials evaluated the animals and determined they were in good health. 
 
The dogs are mixed beagles, ranging in the ages of 7 weeks to 3 years. They are described as having “great temperament.”
 
The adoption fee is $30 per animal, which includes a rabies vaccine, DHPP and kennel cough vaccinations, microchip, and spay/neuter.  However, if you donate five canned goods, the fee will be discounted to $20. 
 
The shelter is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. 
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