On Friday, Dec. 4, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on charges of animal neglect at their residence south of Burns.
The arrests came after officers found more than 100 dogs living on the property with little or no shelter.
The three people arrested, Anita Anderson, 55, Ronald Anderson, 43 and Kathleen Goyogana, 34, were each charged with five counts of animal neglect and released on their own recognizance.
Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup said all three agreed to release custody of the dogs, except for a few house dogs, and would cooperate with authorities to round the dogs up for transport to a shelter.
On Wednesday, Dec. 9, members of the Oregon Humane Society in Portland arrived in Harney County to help gather the dogs and take them to the shelter in Portland to be adopted out.
On Friday, Dec. 11, Glerup reported they had gathered 79 dogs, but about 60 dogs still remained on the property. “One problem we have now though is all the shelters around the state are full,” Glerup said. He added that they are working with other organizations around the state to help care for the animals.
To help out with the situation, local Safeway manager Merle Reid had six pallets of dog food brought in and donated to the Harney County Save A Stray Program, which will use the food to help feed the remaining dogs. “Merle and Safeway really stepped up to help,” Glerup said.
Save A Stray will be looking for people who would like to adopt a dog, and those interested may call Melanie Epping at 589-1104 or Angie Tiller at 573-1789.