PHOTOS: 31 dogs were rescued from a DC home after their owner got into a standoff with police. Now nearly half of them are up for adoption

Nearly half the 31 dogs rescued from a D.C. house after their owner allegedly shot police officers and holed up inside will be up for adoption this Saturday.

From noon to 7 p.m. at the Humane Rescue Alliance adoption center in Northwest, those interested in adopting a pup can check out 14 of the dogs that were packed in cages when they were rescued from the house on 5032 Hanna Place in Southeast last month.

Several of the other dogs have already found new homes, while others are still getting training and behavioral support to prepare them for new homes.

Stephen Rattigan, 48, is accused of keeping the dogs in unsanitary conditions and abusing at least one of them. Police showed up to his house last month with an animal cruelty warrant when police said Rattigan started shooting through the door, striking three officers.

After a 13-hour barricade, Rattigan was taken into custody and the HRA said 20 adult dogs and 11 puppies were rescued.

The 14 pups up for adoption Saturday will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the HRA, which also said it does not place animals on hold.

See photos of some of the dogs available below:

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Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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