PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Humane Society for Southwest Washington took in over 30 dogs, including four puppies and a pregnant dog, from one home last Thursday, after the family was unable to care for them.
According to the humane society, all of the dogs experienced flea infestation, resulting in some hair loss. Since taking in the dogs, the shelter has treated them and are expected to make a full recovery.
The organization says that “the dogs seem friendly, though anxious,” and will work with a behavior team to help them acclimate to leashes, collars, and walks.
Megan Dennis, HSSW vice president of shelter operations, told KOIN 6 News the owner did the right thing when she became overwhelmed with the number of dogs on her property.
“We’re trying to be less punitive and more of a resource so when people are in trouble like this, that they feel comfortable reaching out rather than, ‘If I do I’m going to be judged or I’m going to have all of these citations I can’t afford and I’m already underwater,'” she said.
Depending on how well the dogs adjust, the organization says that a small group of the dogs will be available for adoption late next week.
Click here to learn more about adopting at HSSW.