Meet some of the 98 small dogs surrendered in case of animal hoarding
EUGENE, Ore. - Veterinarians are working to assess the needs of 98 small dogs surrendered to Greenhill Humane Society in what Lane County officials called the worst case of animal hoarding in a quarter century.
On Wednesday, about half of the small-breed dogs were loaded up and taken to rescue shelters in Portland and Salem.
The remaining dogs are being treated at Greenhill Humane Society.
"Lots of extended, grown toe nails that are curled around and very painful for them to walk on. Lots of matted hair, many of them were covered in feces," Sasha Elliott with Greenhill said.
The rescues range from senior dogs to newborn puppies.
"We have experienced several pregnant mamas. There was even a mama that had two puppies born in transit," Elliott said.
Elliot said the dogs have had very little if any contact with humans or veterinary care. Since their arrival, the number of dogs at Greenhill has now nearly tripled. Elliott said they are looking for community support. She said the best way to support the shelter is through a monetary donation. You can drop it off, mail it in, or visit www.green-hill.org.
On average, it costs up to ten dollars to feed one dog every day. Vaccines range from $25-35 dollars and spay and neuter surgery can range from $50 -150 dollars.
"Your dollar is going to go so much further if it comes to us in the form of a dollar, versus an in-kind donation such as food or toys or blankets," Elliott said.
Right now the dogs' medical needs are being assessed individually. Meanwhile, investigators are assessing what consequences the owner will face.
"It was pretty overwhelming," said Mike Russell, Lane County Animal Services Manager. Russell helped transport the animals from the home.
"The animals were actually in pretty good health. So it wasn't an abuse issue," Russell said. "It would more than likely be a neglect issue where they weren't in good living conditions. But that will be coming out later. We're still in the investigation phase."
Russell is not allowed to release the identity of the woman while the investigation is ongoing. He said she loves dogs, and simply got “overwhelmed.” Russell said she was the one to contact them and was very cooperative.
Some of the dogs will be ready for adoption as early as next week. For others, recovery will take months. Greenhill will post updates on their website: www.green-hill.org.