Tulsa Humane Society rescues 56 dogs from Locust Grove

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 10/09/2013 5:22 pm Published: 10/09/2013 1:20 pm

The Humane Society of Tulsa stepped in to take care of dogs surrendered from a commercial breeder in Locust Grove.

The Humane Society is now working to adopt these dogs and other dogs rescued from a hoarder adopted.

Just last month the Humane Society took 25 dogs out of hoarder's home where they lived in filth.

The dogs from Locust Grove are healthy, there were just too many of them.

Humane Society manager Evan Fadem said the man who was running the puppy mill became sick and could no longer take care of the dogs.

His family called the Humane Society for help when they realized caring for 56 dogs was simply too much.

"It was actually not bad. He ran a very clean operation, and the dogs were all friendly and healthy," said Fadem.

Now, the lhasa apsos, shih tzus and Boston terriers still live in cages inside the Humane Society's RV while they're given shots, get spayed and neutered, and wait to be adopted.

But the process is quite straining on the humane society's resources.

"Our electric bill is higher because we're having to plug our RV in to run the generator. We're doing massive amounts of laundry, like even more so than before. Huge amounts of food," he said.

Carol Dignan started volunteering there after she saw reports on FOX23 about the Humane Society rescuing dozens of Chihuahuas.

"When the Humane Society or other shelters step in try to help save these animals from situations where they're bred and raised in cages just to produce puppies, and not given a chance to live a full life and be part of a family. You just want to do everything you can to help," she said.

And while it's heartbreaking to see so many animals come in at a time, she says it's all worth it when she sees them adopted.

"It always is great to come in in the morning and find out that one that you walked the day before or one that you took care of the day before has already left and found a new home," she said.

The first of these dogs is now ready to be adopted at the Humane Society. As soon as the rest are spayed and neutered, they will also go up for adoption.

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