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Dogs rescued from Brooks warehouse ready to be adopted

by: COURTESY OF OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY: JOHN VALLS - Winston, a nine-pound Chihuahua mix, was rescued from Brooks in mid-January and will be available for adoption on Wednesday, Feb. 13.Adoptions begin Wednesday morning at the Oregon Humane Society for 70 dogs rescued from a warehouse in Brooks. It was one of the largest neglect cases in Oregon history.

The dogs were seized Jan. 13. The Humane Society is caring for about 120 of the rescued dogs and expects all the dogs to eventually be offered for adoption as their health improves.

Dogs will be ready for adoption beginning at 10 a.m., when the Humane Society opens its doors.

Because of limited space, only about 40 of the 70 dogs will be available for viewing at one time. Dogs offered for adoption include a variety of breeds and sizes, such as dachshund mixes, Chihuahua mixes, terrier mixes, Labrador mixes and pit bulls. The OHS medical team has treated the dogs for a variety of medical issues, including parasites, skin conditions and stomach issues.

The Oregon Humane Society and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office rescued the dogs from a warehouse in Brooks, north of Salem. Many of the dogs were underweight and lived in small stacked crates. Marion County charged the three people who operated Willamette Valley Animal Rescue with 10 counts of first-degree animal neglect, 10 counts of second-degree animal neglect and one count of attempting to tamper with physical evidence.

For more information, check the Oregon Humane Society website, www.oregonhumane.org/news/stories/Marion_County_Adopptions_Begin.asp.