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Willamina Residents Say Officials Refuse to Help Abandoned Dogs (UPDATE)

Tied on short, kinked chains for weeks on end with no food or water, the dogs appeared to be in misery.
Sheridan resident Karin Corey, standing near one of the abandoned lab puppies in Willamina, Oregon.
Photo and video by Tim King

(WILLAMINA, Ore.) - Update- The dogs abandoned from the house on First Street in Willamina, Oregon, have been recovered by authorities and are now safely located in a shelter. verified this by revisiting the site Monday afternoon, and talking to the neighbors quoted in this story.

Paulette Grant told us that the dogs were actually set free early that morning by an unknown party, and that police arriving on the site over the publicity contacted the owner of the property and a dog hunt was soon underway. The three puppies and one mother dog were all located and recovered in downtown Willamina. The neighbors said it was a brighter day, as everyone had grown weary over the dog's constant suffering.

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Residents in a Willamina, Oregon neighborhood say dogs abandoned for over a month in the front yard of a run down rental, are in poor health, living without regular food and water, and in need of intervention.

Lee and Paulette Grant say law enforcement officials in this rural community at the base of the coastal mountains, haven’t helped these animals so far, and they are at their wit's end.

"They have been out here in 100 degree weather," Paulette Grant said. She and her husband Lee, along with other neighbors here on First Street in Willamina, say it is heartbreaking and they feel there are few choices anyone can make to avoid what they see as a clear case of animal abandonment.

The owners of the three lab puppies apparently just moved away to another town; Lafayette, Oregon, and left the dogs chained up at this residence in Polk County.

Since they were abandoned, the neighbors have tried to keep the puppies and an older dog locked in the dilapidated house, up on food and water, but one woman who lives nearby, said she was told by a deputy that as long as the dogs don’t look like they are starving to death, government officials won’t do anything about it.

Talk about a Catch-22 for people trying to make a difference.

It is true that shrinking government budgets often take a large toll on our more silent populations. In this case, abandoned dogs in an old lumber town are the victims.

The neighbors on First Street in Willamina say the media was the last hope they had for helping these otherwise healthy dogs, and they say local government is not performing its taxpayer mandated duties, when they fail to address issues of animal abandonment and cruelty.

They also believe that it sets a bad example, and sends out the wrong message to impressionable youngsters being raised under less than ideal economic conditions.


One group that contacted today and posted information below, suggested that we look at this story that shows what police do to people who try to intervene and save the lives of abandoned dogs:


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rjerryc July 12, 2008 7:00 pm (Pacific time)

PETA? Their idea of humane treatment is to put the animals to death! Of course, they do it "humanely." PETA? Does that stand for People Eating Tasty Animals?

rjerryc July 12, 2008 6:58 pm (Pacific time)

The update claims that the animals were rescued so that is good. However, what about the people - animals? - that tied these dogs and left them? The story said the owners left the dogs and moved to Lafayette. That would indicate someone knows who they are and where they are. Are they to just go free after committing such acts of cruelty? It is a criminal act to abandon an animal this way and the losers who did so should be ounished - severely!

CJ July 7, 2008 7:12 pm (Pacific time)

do not call PETA they will only kill these dogs, get a rescue in there to help, call the state of dog law enforcement

Tabatha July 7, 2008 3:24 pm (Pacific time)

When all else fails, call PETA. 757-622-7382, extension 2 The more that call, the better for these animals.

Anonymous July 7, 2008 1:56 pm (Pacific time)

just wanted to let you know I spoke with someone who assured me that the athorities are taking care of the problem and that the dogs are being taken care of...

Information Mon July 7, 2008 1:09 pm (Pacific time)

There is another avenue the Lee and Paulette Grant can take...

Please have them contact "Dogs Deserve Better" Founded by Tammy Grimes in PA:

Oregon Reps for Dogs Deserve Better:

Linn County, Oregon
Janet 503.302.9781, e-mail

McMinnville, Oregon
Maryann Vahle 503.407.1815, email:

Portland, Oregon
Morgan Holland 971.218.6811, email:

Salem, Oregon
Ruth James 503.881.6055, e-mail

Salem, Oregon
Melia 503.871.6985 e-mail

Terrebonne, Oregon
Michelle DeSapio 541.548.0743, e-mail

akrin July 7, 2008 9:43 am (Pacific time)

good story time.....i hope this makes a difference and it gets on the local news as well

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