Some of the dozens of dogs seized a couple of weeks ago from a home in rural Pottawatomie County will soon be ready for adoption. Others will be finding forever homes up north.
There were so many dogs they had to be brought to the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee. Six of the dogs had to be put down, but the news isn’t all bad.
This is some of the good news.
Meet Ginger, one of the 35 dogs that were rescued. She probably had it the worst at the home, living in filthy conditions with little food or water and daily attacks by other dogs.
“Unfortunately because she was tied up and there were so many other dogs on the property, she was constantly getting attacked by the pack of dogs that was out there loose and so she pretty much played dead 23 hours of the day,” said Maeghan Olsen of 1 Day Ranch.
With food and water and lots of loving, Ginger is a different dog than she was just two weeks ago.
“Ginger is super sweet, and she loves attention. She’s been learning how to walk on a leash and she smiles,” Olsen said.
Most of the dogs have responded well since they were rescued.
This weekend, 14 of them will be taken up to Wisconsin where there is a shortage of dogs to adopt. That’s huge.
“So huge,” Olsen said. “Just because Oklahoma and the rescues here are so overrun and we have so many dogs that are already needing homes that this is going to take a big group of them off of our plate.”
The remaining will be fostered and adopted in Oklahoma, getting ready for their forever home.
“It makes all of this incredibly difficulty experience worth it, because these guys, they deserved this chance. They deserve the opportunity to be dogs,” Olsen said.
Transporting the dogs to Wisconsin is going to be expensive, and some of the dogs will require surgery.