by Da Lin

DUBLIN (KPIX 5) — Free at last — almost.

Nearly two dozen Chihuahuas, held as evidence for almost a year pending resolution of a court case, are now up for adoption in the East Bay.

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Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies rescued the animals from a San Lorenzo house in May, 2016, after neighbors complained about the noise and smell. Tri-Valley Animal Rescue volunteers spent the past year looking after them.

The big worry was that their health and behavior would suffer over time.

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“All the dogs are very social for having been here as long as they have,” said Cindy Clark, with Tri-Valley.

Their owner fought to keep the dogs but, this week, a judge released them to the county.

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The animals are healthy, they have all their shots and they’re ready for a new home. If you’re interested you can pick up an application at the East County Animal Shelter at: 4595 Gleason Dr, Dublin, CA 94568; (925) 803-7040.