Winnipeg Humane Society welcomes dogs from record seizure

A day after the largest animal seizure in city history, the Winnipeg Humane Society began welcoming some of the 68 dogs into their facility for treatment. Kurt Black reports

It’s all hands on deck as the road to recovery begins for 68 dogs rescued from a city home on Wednesday.

The dogs were rescued from a home in the Richmond West neighbourhood and began arriving at the Humane Society Thursday morning, where they were inspected by a vet tech, before being shaved and bathed.

Despite the “inhumane conditions” they were found in, many of the dogs were in good spirits, just wanting to be held and loved.

“The behaviour of these animals and the way they are coming up to our staff wanting to be held shows they will be great adoption candidates,” said Jessica Miller, the CEO of the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Following Wednesday’s announcement, Miller said the Humane Society’s phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting to help, including Pet Smart which donated the services of multiple groomers.

“Our staff goes through so much, it gets very emotional and they get compassion fatigue, so to have the community stand behind us like they do every time something like this happens and we are able to make it public, I’m so thankful,” said Miller.

The Humane Societies Director of Investigations Andrew Clarke, says as unfortunate as scenarios like this are he said it’s a great opportunity for the public to get a first-hand look at the unbelievable work that takes place every day at the Winnipeg Humane Society, ensuring no animal is left behind.

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