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Chihuahuas rescued after police standoff ready for adoption

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More than two dozen Chihuahuas were rescued after a police standoff in southeast Portland, and now the dogs are looking for new homes.

The first six Chihuahuas turned over by attempted murder suspect Gerald Matthews, 48, will be available for adoption from Multnomah County Animal Services at noon Wednesday.

Matthews was arrested after a six-hour-long standoff at his house near Southeast 26th Avenue and Tibbetts Street Sept. 24.

The situation began unfolding before 5 p.m. that night when callers reported seeing a man covered in blood stumbling in the street. The stabbing victim, a juvenile, was rushed to the hospital and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Matthews was identified as a stabbing suspect and video captured by neighbors showed him on the front porch cursing at police.

"I caught him in my house, burglarizing my [expletive] [expletive] house," Matthews shouted in the video. "And then he tried to cut my hand off and I was holding it down. All I was going to do was call the police."

Neighbors said they were told to evacuate their home as the standoff continued. Roads were also blocked off in the area.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Matthews came out of the house with his hands in the air and was arrested. He is charged with attempted murder, assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm and manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.

Matthews has a lengthy criminal history, including five felonies dating back as far as 1987.

Police said they found 29 Chihuahuas living in the basement of his home. The dogs were healthy and had good living conditions, according to animal control workers.

Matthews once had a facility permit from the county allowing him to keep the large number of Chihuahuas on the property. The permit expired in the spring, but a county inspector visited the home on Sept. 10 and found no problems.

Matthews still turned over custody of the dogs to Multnomah County Animal Services on Sept. 26. Since that time, shelter staff has been working on assessing the behavior and medical conditions of the dogs.

Some of the Chihuahuas will be transferred to adoption placement partners, Family Dogs New Life and the Oregon Humane Society. Two of the dogs have very young puppies and may require foster care before being ready for adoption.

For more information, go the Multnomah County Animal Services website.

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