There's no deeper sadness than the need for rescues to be rescued, and on Sunday, police raided the Williamette Animal Rescue in Brooks, Ore. to remove 149 starving dogs living in horrible conditions. Alicia Inglish, 24, the owner of the rescue who allegedly saved dogs who were doomed to be euthanized, was arrested and charged with 120 counts of animal cruelty and one count of evidence tampering.
Inglish has been charged with second degree animal neglect. Bond has been set at $55,000, and Inglish is prohibited from keeping or caring for any animals. A court hearing is scheduled next week.
Marion County Police and the Oregon Humane Society, acting on numerous complaints about the condition of the dogs discovered as many as five dogs crowded into a single cage as well as feces and urine dripping from the cages which were piled on top of each other. Many of the dogs presented with open sores, were bald and their eyes had sealed shut from infections.
Most of the dogs were undernourished and were being fed stale bread and contaminated water. According to the Marion County Police Department, there were only a few bags of dog food for all of the dogs which was not nearly enough.
According to the Oregon Humane Society website, 110 dogs are being cared for and rehabilitated. Veterinarian and Director of Shelter Medicine Dr. Kris Otteman examined the dogs and hopes to get them healthy and adopted out to good homes.
Meanwhile the Oregon Humane Society could use help. There are currently 80 other dogs who need homes in order to make room for the Williamette rescue dogs. Adoption fees have been reduced. The organization could also use donations to help. Please click here to donate and help those who cannot speak for themselves. A wish list is available for those who would rather donate supplies.
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