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Animals rescued from Damascus home up for adoption

Twenty-five cats and dogs that were among nearly 100 animals rescued from a Damascus home in November - one of the largest animal hoarding cases in years - were put up for adoption by the Oregon Humane Society on Friday, Nov. 18.

A total of 95 cats and two dogs were seized from a Damascus woman under a search warrant served Nov. 1 at her home on Southeast Foster Road.

The woman was cited for first- and second-degree animal neglect.

OHS is accepting cat food and financial donations to offset the costs of caring for the rescued animals. Visit oregonhumane.org or call 503-285-7722 to make a donation.

OHS plans to make all the animals available for adoption as soon as they are healthy enough to go to new homes.

'These animals have some of the worst medical conditions I have seen in a hoarding case,' said Dr. Kris Otteman, director of shelter medicine, in a news release.

One cat, Sofia, needed surgery to remove the remnants of an eye lost to a severe infection.

The 97 seized animals were living in unsanitary conditions, with urine and feces everywhere.

The ammonia-filled air resulted in severe upper respiratory infections and dental disease. Most of the cats were underweight and several of them have missing eyes as a result of infections.

Investigators also found two dogs inside the home: an older bichon that has been named Schmoodle and a large shepherd mix now known as Oswald.

Schmoodle, who is blind, received much-needed grooming and dental work. Oswald, who could barely walk when he was rescued, is now being treated with medications for a condition similar to arthritis. Both dogs were put up for adoption.

All of the animals are being treated at the OHS Holman Medical Center. Many are undergoing extensive dental work and treatment with antibiotics.