Rescued dogs up for adoption

PDT Sports Report

June 3, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Once again, Sierra’s Haven has come to the rescue. The group stepped in to rescue some 14 dogs found in and around a West Portsmouth residence. Now they need your help to adopt, foster or give financial assistance to help care for those dogs.

The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a possible cruelty to animals case in West Portsmouth last week. Acting on a report, a deputy went to a residence where he found two dogs tied up outside with no food, water or shelter on a day when the temperatures were in the upper 80s.

Later, a check of the inside of the house turned up more than 11 more dogs in undernourished condition. Sierra’s Haven took the dogs in.

“We still need to complete our heartworm testing. And we’ll probably do that in the next two days, but they’ve all been vaccinated,” Dr. Gail Counts, owner of Sierra’s Haven, said. “We’re also trying to fatten them up. They are just skin and bones. As always, if someone wants to adopt one of them, we spay or neuter them before the people take them home and adopt them.”

Counts said the dogs are probably going to be rather small in size, and should be around 25-30 pounds, but are around 13 to 15 pounds right now.

“Anyone interested can just come to the shelter any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” Counts said. “They can look at them, and if they want to try fostering them to help us out, or donate to help us take care of them, whatever they want to do. We had so many of them that we took in, and we were already at capacity, but we had to do something for them.”

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.