SALEM -- A 24-year-old woman who runs a dog rescue group is accused of dozens of counts of animal neglect in what officials described Monday as one of the biggest neglect cases in its history.Marion County sheriff's officials arrested Alicia M. Inglish, of Salem, late Sunday on 120 accusations of second-degree animal neglect, a class B misdemeanor, and tampering with evidence.Sheriff's officials said additional arrests are expected.Inglish, who runs Willamette Animal Rescue, has been the subject of many previous complaints from people who adopted animals through her group. She is being held at the Marion County Jail on $300,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.
Inglish's animals were kept at a Brooks warehouse, which was raided by police late Sunday. Police described a harrowing scene: They encountered 149 dogs, some of them starving. Others' eyes were sealed shut with bodily fluids. Their cages weren't lined with bedding. As many as five dogs were kept in kennels designed for one. The stench was overwhelming. Waste ran down from one crate perched atop many others, to pool on the concrete floor.
Police said the animals lacked food. What little water was available was contaminated with garbage.
"This is so far and away from the perception of warmth and caring people expect in an animal shelter," said Sharon Harmon, executive director of the Oregon Humane Society. "This is just a tragic case of neglect."Photographs taken by police show hunched, emaciated dogs, with open sores on their snouts and bald patches on their dull coats. Multiple faces peek out of each small cat crate, stacked, as described by police, like cordwood. The animals represented a range of breeds and ages. Twenty-one deputies and volunteers worked overnight to care for the seized dogs.
Kris Otteman, veterinarian for the Oregon Humane Society, described the animals' condition as terrible. Officials said it was too soon to say whether the animals can be rehabilitated and adopted out.
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Canine Care: Walk dogs, clean kennels, assist in training dogs, general light cleaning, laundry and lots more! AM, PM & weekend shifts are available.
Feline Care: Clean cages, feed cats, scoop litter boxes, general light cleaning, laundry and lots more! AM, PM & weekend shifts are available.
Foster Care: Provide short- or long-term foster care for cats, dogs, puppies or kittens in your home. Provide training and socialization for our animals. SARL will provide all food, bedding, litter, medication and support. Complete our dog or cat foster applications online.
Read on! The following tasks are perfect for people with allergies or people who want to help once or twice a year on a specific event. There are lots of ways you can help even if you don't have time to commit to a regular schedule.
Host a "Paper Towel or Wish List" Drive at your Office, School or Local Coffee House: Set up a box in your office, cafeteria or school classroom. Print out our wish list, and ask people to donate food or other items from our wish list.
Special Events Assistance: Assist at our Golf Tournament, Amber Moonlit Night or other events.
Donation Canisters: Solicit new venues for our donation cans, and deliver the cans to the stores.
Donation Boxes: (at supermarkets, feed stores, etc) Would you be willing to approach a store in your neighborhood that would allow us to have a donation box for pet food and litter? Would you be willing to pick up the donations for our shelter? This allows us to help our Feral Cat and our Meals on Wheels Programs.
Advertising Special Events: Help us create fliers, newsletters, posters, etc. for special events and assist us in distributing them around town.
Grant Writer: Do you have grant writing or legal experience? If so, we need you!
Meal on Wheels: Do you have a car and one spare hour a week? If so, you could help deliver our pet food donations to the senior center in Salem for us.
Tradespeople: Often we need assistance with just one task. Do you have a specific trade or expertise that could help us out? For example, are you an IT specialist? Would you be willing to help us set up a new computer?
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