JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

As of Saturday, 18 of 20 dogs have been adopted that were dropped in poor health at local animal shelter.

The Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter says the dogs were discovered Tuesday morning.

Since then they've been fed and vaccinated and many have gone to new homes.

The community did such a fantastic job,” said Portia Ferguson, an animal shelter employee.

“You couldn't ask for a better community, people have come in and gave these dogs’ good homes. People that maybe couldn't adopt, they came in and loved on them and gave them attention that they needed. We couldn't thank them enough we couldn't have done this without the public and we appreciate it so much.”

The shelter says donations are always welcome.