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This pensive little guy is named Merlin and he is very serious about finding a new home. The noise and clamor at the shelter makes him nervous, but he'd fit right in a household with older children or adults only. He's a handsome Dachsund with an unusual merle coat and weighs only 12 pounds. He is believed to be about 4 years old. Merlin can be rescued and adopted at Newton County Animal Shelter, located at 210 Lower River Road in Covington. The shelter usually has between 20 to 30 dogs and an equal number of cats eligible for adoption. The adoption fee for a dog or puppy is $25 and $10 for a cat or kitten. Spaying/neutering is mandatory for all animals. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 770-786-9514. Anyone who has lost a pet is urged to go to the center and bring a photo of the missing animal. - Staff photos by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

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Pets available for adoption this week at Rockdale, Newton shelters

A variety of dogs and cats are available for adoption at the Rockdale and Newton animal shelters this week.

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