OHIO VALLEY — The count of 69 dogs and pups rescued from potentially dangerous and unsanitary environments on Wagoner Road in Gallia County roughly two weeks ago are healing and being moved to shelters by the Humane Society of the United States before being placed in new homes.
Numbers of the animals on Wagoner Road were guessed to be around 70. Rescue workers recovered 66 dogs the first day and three more as rescue efforts continued.
The animals will be moved to emergency placement partners of the Humane Society of the United States in Maine, Ohio and West Virginia, where they will receive care and have time to recuperate before being put up for adoption. The Citizens for Human Action Animal Shelter, Cleveland Animal Protective League, the Humane Society of Greater Akron, all in Ohio, as well as the Preston County Animal Shelter in West Virginia and the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Maine, will all have animals from the Wagoner Road rescue.
Kim Alboum, director of the EPP program for HSUS said,“Our emergency placement partners are a crucial element in the Humane Society of the United States’ efforts to rescue abused animals. Our partners are ready to get these cruelty survivors started on the next part of their journey.”
The HSUS is providing financial assistance to the groups to help with initial costs.
“We already had one local adoption,” said Gallia Dog Warden Laurie Cardillo. “She was just a little, itty bitty terrier puppy.”
A local woman named Connie McCormick had approached dog handlers about interest in acquiring the dog. HSUS representatives released the dog into the Gallia Dog Warden’s care before releasing her to McCormick. The dog has been reportedly named Cricket.
The animals have been moved in waves, according to the dog warden. She expects all the animals to be moved to shelters by the end of the week.
According to Alboum, the emergency placement partners of HSUS are a network of shelters across the nation the humane society partners with to find homes and care for animals rescued from abuse situations or natural disasters. The society partners with more than 275 rescues and shelters in “almost every major city” in the country, Alboum said.
She said the placement partners are composed of a variety of shelters fitting various animal needs. Some shelters are breed-specific, while others can meet heavy medical or behavioral needs. Some partners may host foster programs.
“We stay in touch with our partners as they really are the backbone of this operation,” Alboum said. “They are all different in some way, but do a phenomenal job of meeting the needs of these poor animals.”
Alboum said the three horses rescued from Wagoner Road will likely be placed with a local rescue.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.