PORTLAND -- Eight great Danes were found neglected and mistreated in a Corbett barn last month.
The dogs were found emaciated in kennels full of feces and urine, said Multnomah County spokesman Hank Stern.
The dogs were rescued and have been recovering over the last month. They will remain in foster care until they are ready for adoption.
All eight great Danes have received ongoing veterinary care, lab tests, and worming treatments, Stern said. One of the dogs also requires eye surgery.
One of the hardest parts of our job at Animal Services is seeing cases like these where dogs are suffering in such horrific conditions, said Animal Services director Mike Oswald. Fortunately, we were able to save these dogs and hold their owners responsible.
The dogs' previous owners, Katrina Conway and Nathanael Welch, both 32, each pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree animal neglect. Each will serve 12 months of probation and pay a fine of $300. Both will be barred from having pets for five years.
This case was brought to us by a concerned member of the public, Oswald said. The community is a huge part of our work, whether it s adopting and fostering animals or investigating allegations of animal abuse.
To help offset the cost of the dogs' continuing care, the county has set up a donation site. Click here to learn more or to donate.
All of the adoptions will be facilitated through the Willamette Valley Great Dane Rescue.
Oswald urged anybody who suspects animal abuse in Multnomah County to contact the shelter at 503-988-7387.