Rogers County Rescue Dogs Get Second Chance At Life


Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 6:18 pm
By: News On 6


Tara Vreeland, News On 6

ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma -- More than two dozen dogs rescued from a filthy home in Rogers County are getting a second chance.

The dogs were living in deplorable conditions - from piled up feces to piles of trash.

Nine of those dogs were put up for adoption Wednesday.

"What a good girl; she's just smiling," said Marlo Tapp.

The dog was not one of the ones rescued from the filthy and crowded conditions of a Rogers County house. But Tapp came looking for one of those neglected pups and fell in love with the smiling girl.

Because of the overwhelming community interest, the shelter had several success stories. Another dog that did come from the filthy house got a new home too. Martha Andrews is calling him Freckles for now.

"I wanted a female, but this dog was so cute and started wagging his tail while we were holding it," said Andrews, a Claremore resident. "He started warming up to us pretty quick."

Freckles and eight other dogs were deemed suitable for adoption by the Claremore Animal Shelter.

Just days ago, Freckles and the other dogs were forced to live in dog waste and trash.

"It was horrible. I felt sorry for the animals because there were weeds around the house. Oh, it was just awful. Just awful," Andrews said.

"I was reading they had contamination suits on and it was just – horrible," said Denise Richter of Broken Arrow. "It had gone back to the dirt the floors had. It was horrible."

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The shelter employees say they showed the dogs to 20 hopeful's looking to adopt. They had to turn two away because they didn't meet the shelter's adoption requirements.

"It's a big thing for our family to take dogs in need versus buying one," Richter said.

And although this pup - who hasn't been named yet - didn't get the media attention for her dramatic rescue, she's one lucky dog who will go home for good.

"That tail is going to be waggin' for a long time," the rescuer said.

Six dogs were adopted in just one hour. Five more are in another rescue, and they'll be available for adoption later.

Unfortunately, some dogs had to be euthanized this morning. Animal control says the dogs were feral and could not be saved.