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Rescued Marion County Dogs Are Looking for Homes



This nine-pound Chihuahua mix, Winston, was rescued from Brooks.



Amber is a very friendly 55-pound retriever mix who likes people.



This rescued miniature pinscher mix, Edith, weighs about ten pounds.



Oscar, a 14-pound dachshund mix, will be offered for adoption.



All photos by John Valls


Feb. 13, 2013: Adoptions began today at OHS for 70 dogs rescued from one of the largest neglect cases in Oregon history. The dogs were seized one month ago tomorrow from a warehouse outside of Salem (story here).

OHS is caring for approximately 120 of the rescued dogs and expects all the dogs to eventually be offered for adoption as their health continues to improve.

Because of limited space, only about 40 of the 70 dogs will be available for viewing at any one time. As dogs go home, additional rescued dogs will be brought in to be viewed by the public.

The dogs offered for adoption include a variety of breeds and sizes, such as dachshund mixes, Chihuahua mixes, terrier mixes, Labrador mixes, pit bulls and more.


All Dogs on Road to Recovery

The OHS medical team has treated the dogs for a variety of medical issues, including parasites, skin conditions and stomach issues. All of the dogs available tomorrow have responded well to treatment and are on the road to recovery.

The dogs were rescued Jan. 13 by OHS and the Marion County Sheriff's Office from a warehouse in Brooks, just outside of Salem. Many of the dogs were extremely underweight and lived in small crates that were stacked on top of each other.


Marion County charged the three individuals who operated Willamette Valley Animal Rescue with 10 counts of first-degree animal neglect, 10 counts of second degree animal neglect and one count of attempting to tamper with physical evidence.


"Like all of the pets we find homes for, these rescued dogs each have their unique personalities," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. "There are shy dogs, silly dogs, outgoing dogs and some who are just plain sweet. Our goal is to find the best home for each one of them."


All potential adopters must complete an adoption questionnaire, an interview with an adoption counselor, and agree to make the pet available for any future court proceedings.


The dogs will not be adopted to anyone currently affiliated with Willamette Animal Rescue, whose officers are now facing neglect charges.


The shelter is located at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211. Directions here.


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