Multi-Agency Animal Neglect Success Story, Good luck Maka!

Multi-Agency Animal Neglect Success Story, Good luck Maka!

One of the many things we do (and do well!) at Animal Services is to help protect animals from abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, we can’t always talk about and share the success with our supporters, due to legal, safety and privacy concerns.

We want to share with you a great multi-agency success story that we can talk about.

In November, Washington County Sheriff’s Office asked for our assistance with the seizure and care of a dog in conjunction with their execution of a search warrant.

Maka came to us as a big, bouncy, high energy adolescent. During the three months he was with us, staff and volunteers spent hours and hours of time with him — walking him, feeding him, caring for his medical needs, training him and playing with him. Basically, we treated him to a standard of living and attention he was previously unaccustomed to. We grew to appreciate his spirit, and we all wanted the best possible outcome for him as the shelter is never ideal as a long-term home for any animal.

In February, Maka’s previous owner pled guilty to animal neglect, and Maka officially became our dog. We reassessed his health and behavior and were able to put him into our adoption program. Maka was soon adopted and now has a brand-new life with a loving family — and hopefully still remembers some of the skills we taught him!

We take animal abuse and neglect very seriously in Washington County, and so do our partners in law enforcement. We may not always be able to shout it from the rooftops when we have a win like this, but rest assured that preventing and prosecuting animal abuse and neglect are always a priority.

For more information on preventing and reporting suspected animal abuse or neglect, go to www.washingtoncountypets.com. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro. Washington County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter are located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.