Late last night, a volunteer rescue team from the Oregon Humane Society assembled to rescue a dog trapped in the fish ladder in Little North Santiam River in Lyons, Oregon. The dog, a pug mix named Jezebel, was swimming in the creek with her family when she was caught in the current and was swept into the covered fish ladder.
Marion County Emergency Dispatch contacted OHSTAR last night at 7 pm to request their assistance. Elkhorn Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene. The Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue team (OHSTAR) deployed five members to the scene in response to the emergency dispatch.
Jezebel was swept into the covered fish ladder, going through churning water and openings meant for fish until reaching a calmer section of the ladder. The pug mix managed to secure herself against the ladder, hanging onto the rungs and crying for her family.
The Elkhorn Fire Department tried to rescue Jezebel but welcomed the assistance of OHSTAR members, who are trained in animal rescue. Elkhorn firefighters waited at the station until OHSTAR members arrived and escorted them to the trailhead, where they hiked 5-10 minutes to the fish ladder.
"OHSTAR trains year round to assist in emergencies involving animals," said Rene Pizzo, OHSTAR team lead.
OHSTAR team member Ulli Neitch entered the fish ladder, secured by a safety harness and belay line. Neitch was able to catch the dog and secure her with a rescue harness. Jezebel was passed back to Pizzo and lifted to safety by additional OHSTAR team members.
Owner Shardell Bodda says that Jezebel is doing well, but is very tired from her ordeal. “Jezebel is one lucky pug mix,” said Pizzo. OHSTAR team member Angela Modzelewski will be available for interviews at the Oregon Humane Society this afternoon from 3 to 4 pm.
OHSTAR receives no tax dollars and is supported entirely through private donations to the nonprofit Oregon Humane Society.
An Estacada woman whose emaciated horses were seized by the Oregon Humane Society has been sentenced to 16 days in jail for animal neglect.
The ten rescued horses, many of them underweight by several hundred pounds and one with a halter embedded in its skin, were seized in March 2012 by OHS and Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies from a rural property on SE Randall Road in Estacada. Read the story here. The horses were seized under a search warrant signed by a Clackamas County Judge after efforts to persuade the owner to provide needed food and medical care were unsuccessful.
“We’re pleased to see this long legal battle come to end with a jail sentence for the offender and the horses regaining their health,” said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. “In Oregon, letting your horse starve and suffer is against the law.”
Sentencing Includes Jail Time for Convicted Offender
The owner of the horses, Edith Mae Karlin, 65, was convicted last month of eight counts of second-degree animal neglect. She was sentenced on Aug. 2 in Clackamas County Circuit Court to 48 hours of jail time for each count of neglect (a total of 16 days), plus 60 months of supervised probation on each count. Monetary restitution is to be determined later. Karlin was also barred from owning horses or livestock for five years.
Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Rose Gibson successfully argued that each neglected horse was a separate victim of neglect and that consecutive penalties for each conviction were warranted.
Since the 10 horses were seized last year, seven have been adopted, one was humanely euthanized because of unresolvable health issues, and two more horses are still seeking homes.
The OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team (OHSTAR) responded to the call for assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff at approximately 5:30 pm. JD had been on the river with his owners when he was swept away by the current below the site of the old Marmot Dam. The dog found refuge on the steep shore and then scrambled up to an otherwise-inaccessible rocky shelf about 20 feet above the water.
OHSTAR members hiked 30 minutes to get within sight of where JD was last seen. Team member Jennifer Stangel then rappelled down approximately 50 feet to the rocky shelf. After locating the shy dog, she used cheese treats to gain his confidence. Stangel was able to fit JD with a safety harness and rope. Her fellow OHSTAR members then raised JD to safety as darkness fell.
OHSTAR members train throughout the year to help animals who are stranded and need human help to survive. They have rescued pets stranded on cliffsides, riverbanks, and other areas and structures that can only be accessed safely using ropes, climbing equipment and other technical rescue equipment. This work is supported entirely by donations to OHS.
The latest chapter of a year-long animal rescue saga came to pass today as the Oregon Humane Society removed 10 shar-peis from a Goldendale, Wash., resident who pleaded guilty last month to animal cruelty charges.
In May of 2012, OHS rescued 41 shar-peis, nearly all of them in need of medical treatment, from Goldendale, Wash., resident Eric Calvin. The evidence presented by OHS to the Klickitat County prosecutor was essential in reaching last month’s plea agreement.
Calvin pleaded guilty on April 15 to one felony count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to five years of probation and must pay $2,378 in fines and fees. Under the agreement, he must not possess any dogs other than two altered shar-peis.
Many of the 10 shar-peis taken today by OHS will require treatment for skin infections and entropion, an eye condition. They will be offered for adoption as soon as they are healthy enough for new homes.
The dogs rescued by OHS last year suffered from eye, skin and ear infections and required extensive medical treatment at OHS. With the help of local adopters and shar-pei rescue groups across the region, the final rescued shar-pei was adopted on Oct. 24, approximately six months after the rescue took place.
Although OHS Humane Officers do not have jurisdiction in Washington, the OHS shelter in Portland was the only facility in the Northwest with the resources to care for such a large number of neglected dogs. The medical team at OHS provided evidence to Klickitat County authorities that resulted in Calvin being charged with nine counts of animal cruelty.
The Oregon Humane Society is joining forces with a lovesick Goldendoodle to make the First Dog of the United States (FDOTUS) the Grand Marshal of the OHS Doggie Dash.
OHS is urging Bo to come to Portland to meet the fluffy Ramona and meet thousands of pets and people who care about helping shelter animals.
Fans of shelter pets can do their part by signing an online petition addressed to the President of the United States. “This is Bo’s chance to get nose-to-nose with thousands of his four-legged friends,” said Sharon Harmon, OHS Executive Director. “His presence will do wonders for Ramona, as well as boosting the cause of pets who need help finding loving homes.”
The 26th annual OHS Doggie Dash hopes to raise $450,000 for pets in need while bringing more than 3,000 dogs to Portland’s Waterfront Park. The walk/run pet festival is the largest event of its kind on the West Coast.
In Her Own Words: Why Ramona Has a Crush on Bo:
1) “I love Bo’s black and white Tuxedo markings. With my white fluffy fur, we’d make an awesome couple!”
2) “Just like Bo, Goldendoodles are hypoallergenic. The first family would adore me!”
3) “Did I mention I love the blues? Bo is named after blues singer Bo Didley, so we have so much in common!”
4) “I love to eat carrots and Bo loves tomatoes (really, that’s what the White House says!). Together we’d make sure every scrap of those healthy meals made by First Lady Michelle went to good use.”
5) “Did someone mention Hawaii? I am such the beach dog. Bo needs someone to frolic in the sand with. And I can’t wait to show him the Oregon coast. He’d love it!”
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