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Forks, Wash. Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs begin new year in Golden, Arizona

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On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Peninsula Daily News reported that multiple animal organizations are stepping up to help the dogs from the Forks, Wash. Olympic Animal Sanctuary.

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The dogs are currently in Golden, Arizona, where outdoor kennels have been built for them by animal organization Guardians of Rescue.

“We are beginning to transport dogs out to approved rescues. We will be joined by Red Rover who will be deploying experienced volunteers to help us with the feeding and care of the dogs,” Guardians of Rescue stated on their Facebook page on Dec. 31.

Guardians of Rescue has renamed the animals from the Forks, Wash. sanctuary from the "OAS" dogs to the "OASIS" dogs.

Founder Steve Markwell transported the 124 dogs from a 4,000 square foot warehouse in Forks, Wash., leaving in a 53-foot tractor trailer in the early morning hours of Dec. 21. The safe arrival of the dogs was announced on Dec. 24 by Guardians of Rescue, which formally acquired ownership of all of the dogs last weekend.

Earlier today, the Guardians of Rescue Facebook page announced that Best Friends Animal Society delivered much-needed food and supplies to help the rescued animals.

Their Facebook page also stated:

We need to pre-approve any dogs leaving. Please be patient. Because of the number of dogs and the liability, this has been set up as an incident command center.

Our president Robert Misseri is the incident commander. Our Vice President Dori Scofield will be on the site Friday.

The only three organizations involved are Guardians of Rescue, Red Rover, and Best Friends, which are all on site. Please do not just show up at the location without communicating with the NY office first. Thank you all for your assistance. Together we save them!

Would you like to help the OASIS dogs? To donate to Guardians of Rescue, click here.

The Olympic Animal Sanctuary was originally founded to provide refuge to dogs who would otherwise be euthanized. The non-profit dog facility, which was located in a warehouse in Forks, Wash., housed dozens of dogs, including those deemed to be "dangerous".

According to a 2012 Forks police report, many of the dogs were housed within travel crates without continuous access to water. The report also stated that the animals were only fed raw animal parts once or twice weekly.

Markwell denied this in a Dec. 14 statement. He remarked: "Beginning a year ago, a disgruntled ex-volunteer whom I fired partnered with extreme 'animal rights' groups that oppose all no kill sanctuaries to put OAS out of operation, get our dogs killed, and blame me for it."

In that same statement, Markwell announced that he planned to close the sanctuary soon.

Guardians of Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit operating in New York. Their members work tirelessly to protect the well-being of all animals and come to the aid of those in distress. Learn more about them here.

Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.

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