For months, animal lovers and advocates have protested, conducted social media blitzes, and engaged in call campaigns regarding the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Washington. They argued animals were living in deplorable conditions, and even dying, at the sanctuary.
After a long fought battle, the sanctuary suddenly packed up all the animals into a large semi-truck and left the property. OAS opponents have scurried to locate the rig, but it was reported today that the truck is now within mere hours of pulling into its final destination with the animals.
But, advocates are still worried.
They are concerned the animals will continue to be kept in sub-par conditions, or worse--they may never arrive at all. Advocates say the animals are "crammed" into a 53 foot trailer with no climate control, and even posted the vehicle identification information encouraging thousands of followers to report the vehicle's whereabouts to police.
Anti-OAS pages post pictures (seen in this article) of animals in filth, appearing to be in emotional distress, and stacked in dusty crates. New pictures of the sanctuary conditions were posted yesterday.
However, supporters (see comments) believe wholeheartedly in the work owner Steve Markwell is doing, and state he had no choice but to leave the property due to unfair persecution by OAS adversaries. Supporters post videos of dogs in good care, statements of support, and evidence they claim shows OAS is wrongly accused.
They also link to news articles in which Markwell states the dogs are being transferred into two reputable animal organizations: Best Friends Animal Society and Guardians of Rescue.
Both sides vehemently argue their points, and have hundreds and thousands of supporters, but what is clear is that this all may finally be coming to an end.
Reports yesterday stated the remaining 124 dogs were on the road and being transported to an undisclosed location. Supporters claim they are on the way to safety, while opponents are skeptical.
The only thing certain is both sides will likely find out the truth in a matter of hours. At noon today, the Peninsula Daily News reported the animals are expected to arrive at their "secret meeting" by noon tomorrow (12/23/13). The article states,
There is a destination. We expect him to arrive within 24 hours, Robert Misseri, president of Smithtown, N.Y.-based Guardians of Rescue said.
Both sides are awaiting vindication.
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The author, April Plemons, is an animal rescuer and welfare advocate. She is part of Long Way Home Animal Sanctuary & Pit Bull Rescue. Check out their Facebook page below!