Humane society nursing 149 dogs back to health after rescue

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Humane Society hopes to soon adopt out almost half of 149 dogs turned over to the Oregon Humane Society by their owners Tuesday after animal neglect charges were brought against the operators of a dog resuce.

OHS hopes to have 40-60 dogs ready for adoption in 2-3 weeks, according to spokesman David Lytle.

Sheriff's deputies raided Willamette Valley Animal Rescue's warehouse in Brooks on Jan. 13. Many of the dogs seized were emaciated and suffered from ringworm, mange, eye infections and parasites, the responding agencies said.

Each of the three suspects arrested and charged in the case -- president Alicia Marie Inglish, 24; secretary Amanda Noelle Oakley, 19; and board member Merissa Marie Noonan, 21 -- faces more than 100 counts of animal neglect.

"We were extremely concerned that the rescued dogs would be caught in a legal battle for months without any possibility of adoption," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. "Now that ownership of the pets has passed to OHS, we are going to place these dogs in new homes as soon as their health allows."

OHS said more details about the upcoming adoptions will be posted on its website.

The dogs range in age from puppies to mature dogs, and include German shepherds, terriers and mixed breeds.

"Once these dogs get back to the road to health, we think their recovery will go even faster when they are with a loving family," said Harmon.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.