KEY POINTS

  • The animals were reportedly kept in an open-air cement yard
  • the authorities seized 65 cats and 52 dogs from the building
  • An investigation into the case was underway

At least 117 animals were seized from a pet rescue and boarding facility in Portland during a search operation Tuesday.

A search warrant was issued for Woofin Palooza, an animal rescue service, after authorities received "numerous complaints" of animal abuse and neglect against the facility. The Portland Bureau Officers along with the forensic veterinarians from the Oregon Humane Society conducted a search at the facility Tuesday morning. Following the search, the authorities seized 65 cats and 52 dogs from the building. The animals were reportedly kept in an open-air cement yard.

Although initial reports said that around 130 animals were seized, the Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) later confirmed that 117 animals were taken into custody.

"The animals — which are part of an on-going investigation — were taken into the care of Multnomah County Animal Services. Several animals are being treated by the Multnomah County Animal Services Veterinarian Team," MCAS said in a press release.

Speaking about the case, Jay Levitre, MCAS spokesman told Portland Tribune, "We're going to be running tests on the animals and providing treatment on them as needed. If you have an animal that was boarded or otherwise claimed, we're encouraging those folks to get in touch with us."

An investigation into the incident was underway. 

"The case has been referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Due to the on-going nature of the investigation, no additional information can be released. Anyone with animals in the care of Woofin Palooza, or fostering animals, or those with relevant information to the investigation should contact Multnomah County Animal Services at (503) 988-7387," the press release said. No statement has been issued by the facility. 

In a similar incident earlier this year, over 100 animals, including dogs, horses, and turtles, were rescued from a hoarding situation in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Despite the property spanning over 70 acres, the animals were confined to small areas. A woman was arrested and charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty.