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26 dogs rescued from "the worst conditions ever seen" in Oregon home

26 dogs were seized in northern Oregon and are being held at Columbia County Animal Control 26 dogs were seized in northern Oregon and are being held at Columbia County Animal Control

SAINT HELENS, Ore. - Animal control officials removed 26 dogs from "bad conditions" at a home in Columbia County, Oregon after the homeowner herself asked for help, police said Monday.

The property owner told authorities that she had become hospitalized and could not attend to her large number of dogs for two days.

When animal control responded to the property they said fecal waste was piled over a half-foot in many locations, and it looked like one dead dog had been killed by the others.

"Many of the dogs were in poor conditions and covered with fecal waste," officer Roger Kadell said.

He described the property as "the worst conditions he had ever been seen in his career in law enforcement".

The 26 dogs were captured and taken to the Columbia County Animal Shelter in Saint Helens, where each was examined and will be prepared for future adoption once ownership can be relinquished, Kadell said.

The shelter normally maintains less than 10 dogs and considers 25 dogs to be their normal maximum number.

Shelter officials said donations of funds to assist in paying for worming medications and others vaccinations would be greatly appreciated.

Several of the animals will also require veterinary care and other costs associated with caring for neglected animals.

"The County Animal Shelter hopes to adopt out or find rescues for these dogs as soon as possible. Most of the dogs seem friendly although a little scared. Under the circumstances, they lack manners when it comes to being inside a home. Most may need to be maintained as outside dogs, but several puppies can be trained as good household pets," Kadell said.

The owner of the dogs is cooperating with Animal Control and the District Attorney's office and possible animal neglect charges are pending.

If you want to help these dogs either by providing care or donating money for that care you can contact Columbia County Animal Control at 503-597-3935.
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