Oregon Humane Society volunteers, the Willamette Humane Society, code enforcement officers and sheriff's K-9 deputies worked through the night gathering up and triaging the animals.

The seized animals have been sent to several state and county facilities to begin their treatment that will hopefully lead to some recovery.  A total of 21 deputies and volunteers worked throughout the night to provide much need care to these animals, Thomson said.

Veterinarians will examine each of the animals, with the focus to provide for the immediate needs of each animal, Thomson said.

Because the case remains an active investigation, the animals seized are considered evidence.  At some later time, they may become available for adoption or placement.

Thomson said more arrests are expected in the case

 Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Sr. Deputy Dale Huitt at dhuitt@co.marion.or.us.

"Our office extends its appreciation to our deputies, our partners and the volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the night to care for these animals," Thomson said.


A news release from the Oregon Humane Society:

Major rescue brings more than 100 dogs to OHS for care

In one of the largest pet rescues in Oregon history, authorities seized nearly 150 dogs last night from a warehouse near Salem. The Oregon Humane Society is now evaluating the medical condition of 110 dogs taken to OHS and will be working to restore their health.

“The conditions these dogs were housed in were shocking,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “Our hope is to get them healthy and into homes as soon as the legal system allows.” The dogs are currently being held as evidence and are not available for adoption.

A total of 149 dogs were seized by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with OHS from a warehouse in Brooks, outside of Salem. The sheriff charged the owner with 120 counts of Second Degree Animal Neglect and one count of tampering with evidence.

In the meantime, the arrival of the rescued pets has put the OHS at double its capacity for dogs. With more than 80 dogs available for adoption, Harmon is urging the public to adopt a dog now and help relieve crowded conditions at the shelter. OHS is also reducing the price of all dogs one year and older to $50 through the end of January.

The public can also help by visiting the OHS Website, where there is a “wish list” of needed items and where financial donations can be made. Visit: http://www.oregonhumane.org/donate/needed_supplies.asp to see the wish list and/or make a donation.