Dogs rescued from a Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan home last week are getting to places where they can receive more care.
Killaloe OPP announced that 38 dogs were seized from a woman in the municipality, located northeast of Bancroft. The woman is now facing animal cruelty charges. The dogs were initially put into the care of Riverview Rescues, an organization near Pembroke.
Riverview founder Laura Pelkey says three other animal rescues are now sharing in the care for the dogs, which all appear to be either huskies or German shepherds. But the non-profit organization still has 19 of the rescued dogs at its site and is appealing to the public for help.
“Monetary donations go the furthest for us because we’re seeing such a large amount of vet care,” Pelkey says.
“With these 38 dogs, although we didn’t keep all of them, we have half of them. We also had about 28 dogs already in care, not including the cats we have as well. So, the bills are definitely piling up.”
Pelkey also says she’s looking for foster homes for the dogs, but she needs the right people. She says the dogs have lived in harsh conditions and are not socialized.
“Absolutely, we need someone who’s patient and is understanding and knows that this is not going to happen overnight; it’s going to take months,” she says. “They just want to survive; that’s all they know.”
Pelkey says the dogs will be impacted by their upbringing in an overcrowded environment, but she believes they can be nursed back into good health.
To learn how to support Riverview Rescues, see their website.