▶️ Prineville shelter overwhelmed with animals after crash

This small, but scrappy little dog, is Dorothy.

She’s just one of just 50 dogs and cats who were brought to the Humane Society of the Ochocos last week.

“We received the call on Thursday evening that there had been a rollover accident,” said Heather O’Daniel, executive director of Humane Society of the Ochocos. “My manager and assistant manager executed the team, my staff shut the shelter down and went down to assess and as they were going down there they realized there were not just a couple of animals like they originally thought.”  

They discovered 53 animals were being kept in this 29 foot trailer that rolled down an embankment after a crash Thursday night.

Though three of the animals did not survive, volunteers brought 42 cats, 10 dogs and a rabbit to the shelter where they’re being cared for.

“The cats are in far worse shape than the dogs,” O’Daniel said. “The cats we’re dealing with upper respiratory, we have some that have some pretty bad eye infections, one looks like he may be losing his eye. There’s definitely some neglect going on.” 

The sheer amount of animals that needed to be treated forced staff to close down the facility for nearly a week.

All of the cats are being treated for ear mites.

Three dozen are being kept here at the Humane Society’s critical care facility in downtown Prineville. Several are pregnant, and are due any day now.

Crook County District Attorney Wade Whiting says he is still receiving reports about the incident and has not yet made a decision on whether or not criminal charges will be filed in the case.

So for now, it’s unclear how long the Humane Society’s newest guests will remain there.

“We’re taking care of them until further notice through the DA’s office,” O’Daniel said.

In addition to caring for the animals, the shelter is also in need of cat food, litter, and any volunteers who are willing and able to go to the shelter to walk the dogs and spend time with the cats so they feel more comfortable and at ease during their stay.

If you’d like to help, contact the Humane Society of the Ochocos at 541-447-7178 or email them at hsofoster@gmail.com

You can also donate directly on the shelter’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hsonokillshelter



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