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Donations pour in for dogs rescued from Shasta County home

  • Veterinarian Dr. Penny Elliott examines one of the 61 rescued Finnish Lapphunds while donating her time at the Sonoma Humane Society, near Santa Rosa on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/ PD)

Donations are pouring in to the Sonoma Humane Society after the agency last week rescued 61 Finnish Lapphunds from a reported puppy mill operation in Shasta County.

The Humane Society west of Santa Rosa had collected $30,000 in donations as of Monday, according to Kiska Icard, the agency's executive director.

That's in addition to 750 donated dog collars, 200 leashes and 25 stacks of linens, each one of the stacks 6 feet tall, Icard said.

Finnish Lapphunds Rescue Donations

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She said the response has been “overwhelming.”

A Humane Society team last Tuesday rescued the dogs from a home west of Redding in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, which is roughly 230 miles away from Santa Rosa.

The “Lappies,” which range in age from nursing females to elderly dogs, were housed in small, stacked crates. They appeared to have had little human contact aside from their owner.

A friend of the home reached out to Sonoma Humane to report that the woman was being evicted and could no longer care for the dogs, which apparently were part of a breeding operation.

The rescue stretched the Humane Society's Highway 12 shelter beyond capacity, prompting Icard last week to issue a public plea for help.

Most of the dogs have significant skin infections, advanced dental disease and fractured teeth. Half were being treated for ear infections. Most are underweight and have roundworm, hookworm, giardia and severe flea or lice infestations.

With the exception of six dogs taken by Petaluma Animal Services, most are being quarantined at Sonoma Humane until their flea and lice infestations clear, a process that typically takes two weeks.

One of the female dogs gave birth to two puppies last Wednesday, according to Icard, who estimated that medical expenses will add up to about $1,000 for each animal. About half of that amount already has been raised.

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