More than 200 small dogs have been rescued from a home in rural Oregon, left in deplorable conditions, according to the Idaho Humane Society. The Humane Society says the animals were found by Harney County, Oregon on the property of Dorothy Schatz in Burns.
Veterinarians are evaluating the animals and taking them to animal shelters in Boise, Idaho and in Bend, Oregon. Some of the animals are being quarantined. Humane Society Officials say the healthy animals will be put up for adoption. The first truckload of dogs (around 140) has already arrived in Boise. Officials say it will take several days to round up all the dogs.
The Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help socialize the dogs and clean cages as the animals arrive in Boise. They are also urging the public not to bring in any dogs at this time since they are overwhelmed by this situation.
Schatz was arraigned Thursday in Harney County and is being let out of jail on a conditional release. The Humane Society says Schatz has agreed to give up her dogs.
“Animal abusers may choose to live in eastern Oregon because rural law enforcement has few resources to devote to these times of crimes committed against animals,” Idaho Humane Society executive director Dr. Jeff Rosenthal said. “However, this commendable effort by the Harney County Sheriff’s Department shows that assumption to be a fallacy.”