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‘Horror and disgust:’ Ottawa Valley female charged with animal ruthlessness after 38 dogs rescued


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Published March 13, 2023 4:24 p.m. ET

Updated March 14, 2023 2:52 p.m. ET

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An Ottawa Valley female has actually been charged with animal ruthlessness after 38 dogs were discovered in what the head of a regional rescue company referred to as “traumatizing” conditions.

Police were contacted us to the home in Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan Township on Tuesday afternoon, where they found the dogs. They called Laura Pelkey, the president and creator of Riverview Rescues, who said she responded with “scary and disgust” at what she discovered on the property.

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“They were secured cages in outright dirt,” she said. “All of the males were caged, and the women were simply free-roaming. It was terrible.”

Pelkey rescued 22 of the dogs that day and returned two times more recently to get the rest.

“It’s distressing”

“I might not stop considering the ones that I didn’t get on Tuesday night,” she said. “It’s distressing. There was a dog without any front legs, there was a dog with a prolapsed anus. … They’re not in good shape.”

Other dogs were experiencing tumours and bites to the face. All the dogs analyzed by a vet had Lyme illness, she said.

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OPP said in a press release Monday that Tracy Knight, 40, has actually been charged with ruthlessness to animals. She is likewise charged with triggering damage or injury to an animal by stopping working to offer appropriate, food, water, care or shelter.

She was launched from custody and is because of appear in court in Killaloe, Ont. in May.

“Killaloe OPP use a genuine thanks to Riverview Rescues who contributed in making sure all gave up dogs were rescued and are getting care,” OPP said in their press release.

Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan Township has to do with 180 kilometres west of downtown Ottawa.

Dogs require foster houses

Pelkey and her organization, which is totally volunteer-run, sprang into action searching for foster houses or other rescue companies to help.

Of the 38 dogs, 18 of them went to other rescue companies and one was taken into a foster home. Riverview Rescues still has 19 dogs who are searching for houses.

Because they all have serious behavioural and health problems, none of the dogs will be available for long-term adoption, Pelkey said, however still have an instant requirement for foster households to take care of them.

“They’re all truly good dogs. They’re so frightened,” she said.

Pelkey explained the property as a yard breeder, likewise called a puppy mill.

“People who purchase dogs and do not do correct research study are supporting this market,” she said.

Most of the dogs are Siberian Huskies, she said. There are likewise German Shepherds. They variety in age from 5 days old to 11 years of ages.

“We’re attempting to get them seasoned to a typical life, not being secured cages without any water or daytime,” she said.

Anyone who has an interest in cultivating among the dogs can submit this form.

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