Nearly 100 dogs were dumped along the side of the road in north Texas.
Authorities believe dog breeders may have abandoned them to avoid failing an inspection due to a new law that requires breeders to be licensed by the state.
The Commercial Dog or Cat Breeders Act went into effect in Texas last month and it requires breeders who have 11 or more adult female breeding animals and sell 20 or more animals per year to be registered with the state.
At the Austin Humane Society Thursday, the animals were being blessed in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
"They give us so much so this is a day to celebrate that," said Executive Director Frances Jonon.
While these pets are being well cared for, in Denton County about 100 dogs were abandoned this week-- 51 Maltese dogs were found one night on the side of the road in Flower Mound, and the next night more than 40 Cocker Spaniels and King Charles Spaniels were let loose near Sanger.
Animal control officers believe a puppy mill or breeder is to blame.
"All these dogs were really matted, you could tell they had been left in confined areas for a long time, they were so matted," said Trae Malone of Flower Mound Animal Control Services.
A new Texas licensing law for animal breeders just went into effect that requires standards of care for commercial breeders.
"We believe this breeder, due to the condition of the dogs, would not have passed that inspection and has dumped these dogs in an effort to get rid of them," said Flower Mound Police Captain Richard Brooks.
"Hopefully moving forward this law is going to help animals to not be in situations where they're not cared for and are neglected," said Frances Jonon of the Austin Humane Society.
If a similar case were to happen in Central Texas, the Austin Humane Society and its partners say they would be prepared to care for the animals.
"We're gonna step up and protect them and do what those animals need and get them into a better place," said Jonon.
The dogs found in North Texas are in relatively good health and the humane society there hopes to have them ready for adoption in a few days.
Police in Flower Mound are hoping to find who is responsible for abandoning the dogs and will consider animal cruelty charges.