REDMOND, Ore. -

A dog rescued from an abusive hoarding situation last month went to a new, loving home this week, the Humane Society of Redmond reported Thursday night.

Here's their press release on the good news:

James found his forever home Tuesday when Gay and Rick Demmer of Crooked River Ranch came to the shelter to meet him. They had followed the press coverage about James and knew he was the dog for them.

Gay is retired and Rick works for the BLM. James will be helping Gay work in her yard and ride herd on all of the horses, chickens and family cats, including a new kitten named Buttercup.

James, a heeler mix dog, came to the Humane Society of Redmond in need of urgent medical help. James is 4 to 5 years old, and we believe he has spent the majority of his life in a crate, unable to move about.

The result of his confinement, coupled with poor nutrition, has left him with his kneecaps displaced to the inside of his legs. This developmental abnormality did not allow James to walk comfortably, let alone run.

Dr. Robert Fuller, a local veterinarian with a special interest in orthopedic surgery, donated his time and skills to perform reconstructive knee surgery on James. In the 5 and 1/2 weeks since James surgery, he is now able to walk without assistance as he rebuilds the strength in his legs.

The Demmers will be working with James as he continues his recovery, and he should be running in their fenced yard in short order.

Said Chris Bauersfeld, shelter manager; ?Gay called Wednesday morning, she told me that James has been introduced to the family animals and is fitting in perfectly.?

We at the Humane Society of Redmond thank all of our adopters for the care they provide ?our? animals and know James will live out his life without pain with a loving family. We couldn?t ask for more.