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The latest rescue efforts for former Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs

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A massive rescue effort has been underway ever since the 124 dogs, formerly of the Olympic Animal Sanctuary (OAS), arrived in a tractor-trailer to Golden Valley, Ariz., from Forks, Wash.

The dogs are officially in the custody of the New York based rescue agency, Guardians of Rescue (GOR), who have been working round-the-clock to ensure that the dogs are properly housed, walked, watered and fed.

On Sunday, the rescue agency announced that the wooden boxes, which had been constructed by the OAS owner, Steve Markwell, to transport the dogs from Washington to Arizona, were being dismantled.

Rows and rows of six foot metal kennels have been constructed in order to give the dogs access to fresh air, while keeping them secure.

As of Sunday, more kennels were needed. GOR stated:

We could still use some 6' high kennels if anyone can get them to RUFFF in Golden Valley, AZ. Email us at or call us at 888-287-3864.

On Saturday, many, if not all, of the dogs received veterinary exams. GOR stated:

A big thank you to Dr. Dalen Sites and his vet techs for doing rounds with the dogs! Mr. Markwell will be leaving Monday or Tuesday after we are fully acquainted with as much history and special needs on all the dogs both medically and behaviorally.

This is a long process and whether people like it or not, Mr. Markwell knows a lot pertaining to these dogs. We need all pertinent information. We are documenting every dog including photos, vaccines, histories, micro chip info and spay/neuter info so that we can properly place these dogs.

For now, the former OAS dogs occupy a portion of land owned by the no-kill sanctuary, Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation, which is run by Hillarie Allison.

It is unclear how long the dogs will remain on the property. Guardians of Rescue has indicated that the dogs will be put up for adoption or placed with other rescue agencies.

Donations and volunteers are still needed for the massive rescue effort - click here to make a donation to GOR.

Rescue agencies which are able to assist with the dogs are asked to contact the organization at

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