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Dogs taken from woman hoarding animals available in Edmond

Eight dogs taken from the home of an animal hoarder are available for adoption in Edmond. Free to Live Animal Sanctuary doesn't have room to keep the dogs.
BY DIANA BALDWIN Published: May 12, 2011

— Dogs taken from a woman who was hoarding animals at her metro home are available for adoption at Free to Live Animal Sanctuary.

“We were able to create some temporary space for these animals on an emergency basis, but we are overcrowded and must place these animals quickly,” said Mary Davis, Free to Live president.

Three adult dogs and five puppies are up for adoption, said Ron Wingler, Free to Live director of operations.

The woman's story will be the subject of a show to air this fall on Animal Planet. “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” is a series that explores stories of people who own more pets than they can care for.

“The problem of animal hoarding is little understood, but far more common than most people realize,” Wingler said. “There are over 3,000 reported cases a year, and at least 10 times that number that go unreported.”

The five Shar-Pei mix puppies will be available to take home in a couple of weeks. Their mother, a Shar-Pei who is being treated for heartworms, and two Italian greyhounds are available now.

“The lady tried to take care of them,” Wingler said.

“Her heart was in the right place, but she bit off more than she could chew.”

The woman had 33 dogs and at least four cats.

Some of the animals were taken to the Oklahoma Humane Society and Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman.

All adopted animals at Free to Live have been spayed or neutered, wormed and had shots and health tests.

The adoption fee is $60.

For more information, call 282-8617.


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