Tragically, 21 dogs have now lost their lives in a rescue case that began more than two weeks ago.
On Friday, October 19, dozens of foxhounds were seized from a home in the 400 Block of River Road near Doty, WA. One deceased dog was also removed from the property at the time of the rescue.
Of the 72 rescued dogs, there were 20 puppies, all of which were extremely sick with canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV2, commonly referred to as Parvo). Sadly, none of the puppies could be saved.
Parvo is a virus mainly affecting dogs. It is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. At the time that they were discovered by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, the puppies were all wading in mud and feces.
While vaccines can prevent Parvo, mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. Parvo symptoms include severe vomiting and dysentery for the intestinal form of Parvo and respiratory or cardiovascular failure in the cardiac form of Parvo.
There are 16 Foxhounds from this case who are resting peacefully at Pasado’s sanctuary. According to Amber Chenoweth, Pasado’s Safe Haven’s Media Manager, none of the Foxhounds at Pasado’s have tested positive for Parvo, but several of the adult dogs have tested positive for Giardia, an infection of the small intestine that is caused by a tiny parasite called Giardia lamblia.
The Lewis County Shelter currently has 9 adult dogs available for adoption. The dogs are friendly and socialized. Earlier today, there were 10 dogs at Lewis County, but one of them was adopted out. Lewis County also has 2 fox terriers who were removed from the same home.
All but 5 of the remaining hounds have been released and are now available for adoption. The dogs’ owner, Nancy Punches, would not sign over the 5 remaining Foxhounds and is now requesting that they be returned to her.
“Pasado’s Safe Haven hopes that none of the dogs are returned to their previous owner,” stated Amber Chenoweth. “It’s our understanding that she has requested several back unaltered so that she can breed them again. We fear that this will just perpetuate the problem and that this is a situation that could quickly get out of control again.”
“This case is a prime example of why spaying and neutering could help save lives and prevent unwanted litters,” stated Chenoweth.
“It’s just not fair that these Foxhounds are in the emotional and physical condition that they are in, not to mention the tragedy of the twenty puppies who were too sick to be saved. We do not want to see this kind of neglect and unnecessary suffering happen to even one more dog,” Chenoweth continued.
The Lewis County Shelter and Pasado’s have taken on extra shifts to provide for these dogs.
The Lewis County Shelter is small and taking in these Foxhounds doubled the amount of animals in their care. As a result, their staff are working overtime and any donations to help offset these costs would be greatly appreciated.
The foxhounds who are in Pasado’s care are still being evaluated and treated for their mental and physical state. “We are seeing signs of improvement in many of them, but they are still very scared and learning to adapt to a new environment,” stated Chenoweth.
“They are also being tested again for Giardia to see if they have recovered fully or still need further treatment. Pasado’s encourages anyone who is interested in these dogs to contact us for notification once they become available.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department has suggested charges of 65 counts of Animal Cruelty in the First Degree to the Prosecutor, Jonathan Meyer.
Pasado’s Safe Haven is collecting comments from the public asking the Prosecutor to charge Punches to the fullest extent of the law.
Now is the time to use your voice to speak up for these dogs who cannot speak for themselves. Please fill out this simple form asking the Prosecutor to charge their owner with Animal Cruelty. We fear that if she is not charged, the dogs may be returned to her where they may suffer further neglect. Animal Cruelty is a crime and it needs to be taken seriously.
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Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.