Families finally get a chance to adopt puppies taken from North Carolina hoarding house

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Virginia Beach, Va. - Puppies taken from a hoarding house in North Carolina are finally old enough to be adopted.

Families hoping to adopt a puppy lined up outside the Virginia Beach SPCA at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. That’s when families got their first glimpse of the Australian Shepard puppies that captured their hearts back in March.

NewsChannel 3 first showed the puppies after they were taken from a hoarding house in North Carolina.

After seeing those faces people were willing to wait for them. For one family this meant everything to them.

In January, Desiree Joy and her family decided they were ready for a new puppy after getting over the loss of another dog. They picked one out from a breeder.

They quickly fell in love and couldn't wait until she was old enough to come home. But that never happened.

Joy was on vacation when she found out their puppy was part of the hoarding case and was one of 60 dogs taken in by various rescue groups.

” Immediately, I was just in tears, we were just, I was heartbroken, it felt like we got so close to this puppy already and then to find out we couldn't get her,” Joy shared with NewsChannel 3.

After many calls and emails they finally learned they would still be able to get one of the puppies from the Virginia Beach SPCA.

They've seen her in pictures -- but it doesn't compare to this -- finally holding this little girl and getting to take her home.

“Much more than we’d hoped for, she’s beautiful,” said Joy.

There were other puppies available for adoption as well today. In all 28 animals found new homes.