BEND, OR -- The Humane Society of Central Oregon is now caring for 35 dogs seized from a property on the east side of Bend. Two women have been charged with 35 counts of aggravated animal neglect. Read the full story on the animal seizure, HERE.
Lynne Ouchida tells KBND News the dogs are now being evaluated and cared for at the Bend shelter. "The conditions of the dogs vary in terms of externally and in terms of how they were housed: Dirt, feces, etc. Some others were in relatively good shape. There's a wide range of the level of care needed for these animals."
A decision has not yet been made as to when or whether the dogs will be available for adoption, pending the ongoing criminal investigation. Ouchida says, "We're just waiting to find out if these animals will be released to us, or if it's going to be a long-going case. If that's the case, we really need resources from the community to care for these animals."
The Humane Society of Central Oregon is asking for the public's help. They're asking for donations to help cover the cost of medical care, tests, treatment and other expenses. You can donate online at HSCO's website. They are also in need of canned dog food, pill pockets and spray/canned cheese (for medication), peanut butter and interactive toys, gallon and quart size ziplock bags, and groomers.