Major Rescue Brings More than 100 Dogs to OHS for Care
UPDATE: 1/29/2013: Ownership of the rescued dogs was transferred to OHS yesterday, clearing the way for their eventual adoption.
The dogs are recovering, but need to get healthier before they are ready to go to new homes. We hope to have 40 - 60 dogs available in two to three weeks. Watch this website for more announcements.
Yesterday's development does not affect the court case against the three women charged with neglect.
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January 14, 2013: In one of the largest pet rescues in Oregon history, authorities seized nearly 150 dogs last night from a warehouse near Salem. The Oregon Humane Society is now evaluating the medical condition of 110 dogs taken to OHS and will be working to restore their health.
"The conditions these dogs were housed in were shocking," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. "Our hope is to get them healthy and into homes as soon as the legal system allows." The dogs are currently being held as evidence at OHS and other facilities, and are not available for adoption.
Dogs Seized from Warehouse in Brooks
The Marion County Sheriff's Office received multiple reports and complaints about a supposed rescue facility in Brooks, outside of Salem, and deputies launched a formal investigation.
A total of 149 dogs were seized by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with OHS from a warehouse in Brooks. The Sheriff arrested and charged the owner with 120 counts of Second Degree Animal Neglect and one count of tampering with evidence.
Read the full press release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office here.
Animals Lacked Basic Care
OHS Veterinarian and Director of Shelter Medicine Dr. Kris Otteman began the long task of examining the animals at the facility. "The condition of these animals is terrible. They lack the basic care needed to survive. These dogs need immediate medical care," said Dr. Otteman.
OHS at Double Capacity
The arrival of the rescued pets put OHS at double its capacity for dogs. OHS urged the public to adopt a dog now if interested and help relieve crowded conditions at the shelter. The public response was excellent, and we experienced very high adoption rates following the news of the rescue. Adoptions, plus protective custody foster homes for many of the rescued dogs, have alleviated our immediate needs for space.
The public can also help by visiting the OHS website, where there is a "wish list" of needed items and where financial donations can be made. See the wish list and/or make a donation here.
Help Fight Animal Cruelty
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VIDEO: FOX 12 News Coverage of Rescue