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65 poodles rescued from filthy conditions in Portland home

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Dozens of poodles were rescued from filthy conditions in southeast Portland Thursday.

Multnomah County Animal Services workers were called to a home at 13223 SE Harold St. They found 65 poodles, five cats and four birds inside the house.

"Considering the fact that there were 65 dogs, 5 cats and 4 birds living under one roof without going outside to go to the bathroom, they're smelly but they seem to be in decent condition," said Ann Potter, with Multnomah County Animal Services. "They seem to have been fed."

Workers had to wear masks and protective suits because of the conditions in the home. Some of the dogs had feces matted into their fur, while others were in slightly better shape.

All the animals were taken to the Animal Services shelter in Troutdale, 1700 W. Columbia River Highway.

Investigators said Portland police officers made the discovery during a welfare check on the 80-year-old woman who lives alone in the house. Animal Services officers said she probably won't face criminal charges since she released custody of the animals and wasn't neglecting them.

Animals Services workers said adoption opportunities for the dogs will likely take place next week. All the animals need to be groomed and assessed for health and behavior issues.

The shelter said it is looking for volunteers with pet-grooming experience to help with the process.  

For more details about how to help or adopt one of the rescued poodles, go to MultCoPets.org.

If you are concerned about a potential animal abuse case, you're asked to report it by calling 503-998-3720.


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