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!”
Dec. 25, 2012: It was a Christmas Day reunion for a stolen three-month old puppy and the family who adopted him just days ago.
The puppy was stolen on Dec. 22 from a kennel inside the Oregon Humane Society. He was moments away from going home with the Belzer family of Camas, Wash., who had just completed the adoption paperwork.
"Yes Oregon, there is a Santa Claus," said OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon. "This little pup was rescued on Christmas Eve and is back in the arms of his loving family today."
Thanks to massive media coverage of the theft, an anonymous tip was received on Christmas Eve that alerted police to the puppy's whereabouts. Police officers, accompanied by OHS employees, recovered the puppy from a household in Gresham. Although no arrests were made last night, Gresham Police are investigating the case.
The five-member Belzer family arrived at the shelter today to reunite with John. One of the family's three daughters had first seen John's picture on the OHS website. After many hours of looking at pets on Dec. 22nd, the family all agreed to adopt John (he was one of four puppies in a litter; all were named after a member of the Beatles).
"It was heartbreaking to have this pet stolen when it was literally on the verge of going home. We are so delighted that there was a happy ending to this story."
Meanwhile, OHS has determined how the theft occurred and has invested in additional security measures to prevent a repeat of the incident.
Staff and volunteers from the Oregon Humane Society are providing hands-on help to animals left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Three OHS staff members have just finished a eight-day assignment at a massive emergency animal shelter in Brooklyn, with a second group of three volunteers scheduled to depart Dec. 17.
"We are truly grateful to have such a wonderful group of responders from the Oregon Humane Society work with us on this response,"said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which organized the shelter.
Animal disaster experts from around the country are helping to care for pets in a massive warehouse in Brooklyn that was transformed into a pet shelter. Many of the animals are frightened of people and require skilled handlers to provide food, exercise and basic medical care.
The first OHS group that departed for New York included OHS staff members Linda Fielder, Emily Davidsohn and Wendy Reimer, all members of the OHS Investigations team. The volunteers who will be leaving on Dec. 17th include Ulli Neitch, John Thoeni and Karin Maczko. All three are members of the OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team.
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