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Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011County: Clackamas
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Alleged: Name Undisclosed
The Oregon Humane Society seized more than 30 animals Wednesday that were living in deplorable conditions at a breeding facility in Canby.
Among the 35 dogs, a duck with a deformed leg was also rescued.
Several of the dogs are pregnant, most are malnourished and many are fighting a virus. It could take weeks to get them healthy.
The animals were taken from a rural property on South Elisha Road and include 11 Golden Retrievers, 11 Coton de Tulears and a Samoyed. Some of the dogs are adults and others are puppies. One is just days old and is small enough to fit into the palm of an adult hand.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Humane Society got a search warrant for the property after getting complaints from the public and launching an investigation.
The dogs were weighed at the humane society and many were half the weight they should have been. Virtually all of them were underweight.
Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS director of shelter medicine, said she can't talk about the conditions the animals were living in because of the ongoing investigation. But looking at their conditions, she said they seized them just in time.
"Certainly under these conditions I would say (a) month or weeks, and so we needed to intervene," she said.
Investigators will vaccinate the dogs and slowly get them back to a good weight. They're still trying to determine the extent of the criminal charges the owner could face.
Officials at the humane society say it could be weeks before the animals are ready to be adopted.
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