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June 12, 2012

The HSUS Applauds Harper County Sheriff’s Office For Rescuing 110 Australian Shepherds in Oklahoma

The HSUS donates $5,000 to assist rescue

The Humane Society of the United States applauds Oklahoma law enforcement officials for their efforts in rescuing 110 Australian Shepherd dogs from abuse in an animal cruelty case.  The HSUS donated $5,000 to assist with the rescue.

The Harper County District Attorney’s Office has filed one felony count of animal cruelty against suspect Donna Walker of Laverne, Okla. Walker, 69, faces a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

“We are grateful to Harper County Sheriff Office officials, including Sheriff Marty Drew, and Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners’ Investigator William Brogden for their tireless effort in rescuing the dogs and in seeking justice for them,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for The HSUS.

In May, officials were called to Laverne to investigate after receiving several complaints. When they arrived they found the 110 dogs and two cats suffering from a lack of adequate food, water shelter and veterinary care.  Some of the animals were living in a single-wide trailer filled with trash, and kennels found on the property were saturated with fecal matter. In the trailer, decomposing food littered the floor, and water containers on the property were filled with dirty water. Most of the animals had not been socialized and lacked proper grooming. Few had been spayed or neutered.

With the help of The HSUS and other animal protection groups, all of the animals have been adopted into loving homes. Other groups that contributed to the rescue and rehabilitation effort included the Humane Society of North Texas, Petsmart Charities, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Oklahoma Pet Professionals and the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

Media Contact:  Rebecca Basu: 301-258-3152, rbasu@humanesociety.org

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