These two sweet pups were rescued from a farm near Pocomoke in Worcester County, Maryland. There were eight dogs total, including miniature pincers besides these chihuahua-pomeranian mixes shown above.
This was wintery January, 2010, and they were all living outdoors in unheated kennels, in two inches of their own feces which mixed with fecal run-off from livestock yard that drained into the kennel.
A classic case of hoarding and untended but severe abuse that tends to result from the same mental illness that causes hoarding. The property owner "had gotten in over her head" collecting dogs and farm animals but unable to clean and care for them.
When the news got around, Animal Rescue had forty calls almost at once, and very soon the dogs were all with families who would love them and care for them properly.