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UPDATE: Killaloe OPP seize 38 dogs, Riverview Rescues pleas for support

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 14, 4 p.m.

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, who’s now facing animal cruelty charges. They were 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.

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“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.

Monday, March 13, 12 noon

It’s disturbing news for dog lovers.

A 40-year-old from Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan is facing animal cruelty charges after police recovered 38 dogs from a home in the municipality. 

Killaloe OPP said it received an “assistance call” prompting a visit to the home last Tuesday. 

An investigation led to the dogs being seized. The person faces one charge of cruelty to animals, for causing unnecessary pain and suffering. Another charge is related to causing injury to an animal, and failing to provide food, water, care and shelter. 

The accused was released from custody and given a court date in Killaloe on May 10. 

There’s good news here. A Renfrew County-based rescue organization, Riverview Rescues, has recovered the dogs and police say they’re all being cared for now. 

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