Saturday, July 4, 2009

Rescued dogs well on road to rehab

70 others euthanized

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - They survived what investigators call a death camp, and now the 20 dogs out of the 90 discovered in a horrific animal hoarding case are starting to thrive.

In early June Cibola County sheriff's deputies found a property filled with pain.

Forty miles west of Grants in Ramah last month they discovered starving dogs dying hourly and mass animal graves. Arlene Krippene, 73, called it the St. Francis Animal Refuge, but rescuers had to put down 70 dogs judged too sick to recover.

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico took in 10 of the dogs. Seven already have permanent homes.

Lily was the worst of the survivors. The pointer mix is now the poster child for the Attorney General's Animal Cruelty Task Force.

She's gained 17 pounds in three weeks, weighing in at almost 56 pounds this week.

Lily is learning how to live with people in foster care. Monica Garcia, her foster mom, said this is her first experience doing that..."  More & video