100 Dogs Rescued from Oregon Puppy Mill

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Oregon-PuppyMill-03Over 100 dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in Oregon on Wednesday. The Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up with the Oregon Humane Society to rescue the dogs after executing a search warrant.

A Columbia County Animal Control inspection uncovered unsanitary conditions at the facility and prompted the investigation. Many of the dogs were kept in unsanitary conditions with no ventilation.

“These were shocking conditions,” said David Lytle with the Oregon Humane Society. “Piles and piles of feces and urine and the smell was overwhelming to me at times. It’s some of the worst conditions I’ve seen.”

The dogs were transported to a temporary emergency shelter in Portland to receive medical care. The dogs will not be immediately available for adoption because they may be evidence in any pending criminal case against the owners of the facility. In addition to the over 100 dogs that were immediately rescued it is believed several of the female dogs are also pregnant.

The owners could face multiple charges of animal neglect and also be in violation of the Oregon Puppy Mill Act, which limits breeding facilities to a maximum of 50 dogs per facility.

“We undertook today’s rescue operation to stop the suffering of these animals,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon.

5 thoughts on “100 Dogs Rescued from Oregon Puppy Mill”

  1. Okay, this keeping dogs imprisoned while the investigation goes on, sometimes for years, is ridiculous. Thoroughly photograph the dogs, their condition BEFORE seeing the vet or groomer, the place they were living in, etc. Then clean them up and fix them up and get them into loving homes as soon as possible. Why the hell keep them trapped in cages? That serves no purpose other than to continue their inhumane treatment.

    • cheryl it takes time to get a neglected dog to respond to humans and not all humans are capable of handling a puppymill dog and some dogs never except humans at all.

      • They may be kept caged but they will receive the best care they’ve ever had in their lives; vet care, grooming, feeding, love and attention, training and socialization. It’s what’s best for them, they need that time to acclimate to a loving environment. Most of them won’t know how to react to human kindness.

  2. The legal machine in this country works very slow. Animal abuse cases very often fall apart because every detail was not documented. It is sad for these poor dogs to have to stay confined however, if it puts these hideous people behind bars for years to come then the time will be well spent.
    This area should come together to help these dogs as they wait by volunteering time and funds if needed to assure them excellent care and as much love and interaction as possible.

    • In no way do I condone any form if cruelty but this is a human tragedy as well. Hoarders are mentally ill, usually brought on by horrible loss and tragedy in their lives, so calling them “heinous” without knowing all the evidence is ignorant and cruel. Most love these animals but cannot see that the conditions in their own homes, let alone in their kennels, are unacceptable and cruel. Many do not mean to be abusive. This is not a bad person, but a sad one who has faced tragedy and struggles that would destroy most anyone, so before you start spouting about how heinous they are maybe you could do a little research in order to understand that it is an uncontrollable sickness like depression or bipolar so instantaneous labeling of someone as “heinous” when they struggle with sadness and loneliness, and an uncontrollable mental state makes you heinous as well. Do you also criticize the disabled and those with autism. Counseling and medication is the answer for some, not prison where tax dollars will be wasted time and again until the real issue is addressed. Putting a schizophrenic in prison without treating the illness is no different. It’s wasteful, ineffective, ignorant… Just like your comments and solution.


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