Pierce County Animal Shelter Takes In 19 Dogs Neglected During Winter Storm


So far, 19 dogs have been rescued and brought to the Tacoma & Pierce County Humane Society who were neglected during last week’s winter storm.

On December 27, Pierce County Animal Control brought six dogs from a property to Graham. The dogs had been left outside in freezing temperatures and two were found dead at the scene.

One of the dogs on the Graham property was in such poor condition that Humane Society veterinarians had to humanely euthanize him upon arrival. The remaining five dogs were “skin and bones, dehydrated, covered in mats of dried feces and infested with fleas”.

Then the next day, 14 dogs were brought to the shelter from a property in Tacoma. They were left alone in the snow and freezing temperatures.

Photo by Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County

The shelter’s veterinary staff are assessing their condition and working to help them.

With so many animals arriving at the same time, the shelter is running out of space.

To help boost adoptions, the shelter is offering $50 off adoption fees for all dogs from Dec. 30 through Jan. 16. You can see adoptable dogs here. Dogs welcomed will be up for adoption when medically cleared.

If you can’t adopt but still want to help, the shelter says donations are urgently needed to provide medical care for the dogs during their recovery. You can donate here.

It is not known at this time whether the owners will face charges.

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