The Deschutes County Sheriffs office has opened a criminal investigation after more than 50 dogs were seized in La Pine Saturday evening before being transported to the Central Oregon Humane Society in Bend.
On March 16 Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 51000 Block of Ash Road in La Pine to perform a welfare check on multiple dogs.
Deputies were permitted to perform a visual inspection of the dogs on the property and observed that minimum care standards for the animals were not being met. Additionally, deputies found one adult female dog and two puppies in distress and in need of urgent care. The adult female dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment and has since been euthanized. The two puppies located with the adult female dog are being cared for at the Humane Society of Central Oregon, but their prognosis is uncertain.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the owner of the dogs is cooperating with investigators. During the initial stages of the investigation, she released ownership in the 53 dogs to the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Medical assessments have been ongoing throughout the weekend and the health of each dog varies. The breeds of the dogs removed from the property include Labradors, German Shorthairs and Dachshunds.
Since the Humane Society of Central Oregon did not have enough space to accommodate all 53 dogs rescued, 22 of them were picked up by the Oregon Humane Society and transported to Portland for continued treatment.
Even with those 22 dogs heading to Portland, the Humane Society of Central Oregon is at capacity and is asking for donations of soft blankets, food and toys for the new arrivals. Donation’s can be made online at WWW.HSCO.ORG/DONATE. The Humane Society will also provide more information about when and which dog will be available for adoption.