On Saturday morning, the New York based rescue organization, Guardians of Rescue, released the name and location of the location of the dogs who arrived to the Arizona-Nevada border earlier this week from Forks, Wash.
The rescue agency stated:
Guardians of Rescue have obtained legal custody of all the OAS Dogs!
So now we can tell you that they are located at Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation in Golden Valley AZ. RUFFF is a licensed sanctuary with existing volunteers and plenty of land to designate a section to the OAS dogs. Guardians of Rescue did not have much time to plan as Mr. Markwell did not tell anyone he had been building kennels inside a trailer for two months and was planning on leaving town. He then packed up the dogs and were on the road before ANYONE knew about it. We had to think fast once we found out he was on the road.
Our biggest fear was him leaving the country. We wanted a willing partner and a warm climate. This rig could not fit on just any property. There is much work to be done as we have bought every kennel within a 75 mile radius. If there are any willing people that live in the outside area and can bring kennels please call us at 888-287-3864. There are other animals in the sanctuary such as farm animals. Our kennels must be secure. The dogs will be available as early as Tuesday for adoption.
Unfortunately, concerns have already expressed over the dogs' welfare at RUFFF because the agency has been on the radar of Mohave County officials for years.
On the sanctuary's own website is a desperate plea for $15,000 to help prevent the closure of the organization.
RUFFF needs everyone’s help to immediately raise at least $15K or be forced to close our doors. With 300 lives at stake, this is an unthinkable option!
We received papers on November 27th demanding this money by December 2nd or the property will be put up for Trustee sale!
It is unclear if current donations for the OAS dogs have helped to pay off the amount owing on the RUFFF acreage or not.
According to a Nov. 2012 publication of Havasu News, the county was attempting to close RUFFF down and at the time, they proposed a requirement that Hillarie Allison, the owner of the organization, not be allowed to acquire anymore animals.
A subsequent publication by KGUN 9 News, states that Allison was given court approval in early 2013 to continue running her no-kill sanctuary; at the time of that publication, Allison apparently had a zoning use permit that allowed her to have up to 200 dogs and 100 cats.
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