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Sixty-six dogs rescued from deplorable conditions go up for adoption

CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- Local 12 has been reporting for months on a group of dogs removed from deplorable conditions on Gilsey Avenue in West Price Hill.

They were owned by an animal hoarder named Harold Ray Alexander who is currently facing charges for animal cruelty.  Saturday morning, June 21, the 66 small dogs will be up for adoption at SPCA Cincinnati's Conrey Road location.

The energy and enthusiasm of the animals was nothing short of joyous.  Up for adoption will be 38 adults, 20 puppies and eight special needs dogs.  They are Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Shih Tzu's, Pomeranians and more.  All were taken from the Gilsey Avenue home and shed of Harold Ray Alexander.

Only Local 12 was there as the animals were removed from the rot and filth.  Their physical condition when rescued was deplorable.  All were covered with urine, feces, mats and more.

Dr. Tamara Goforth, the head veterinarian for SPCA Cincinnati, said, "They had horrible teeth so the dental procedures we had to do on these dogs were very expensive.  Many of them had something else.  They had inguinal hernias; we had mammary tumors that had to be removed.  Some of the hernias were so awful I had to enlist the care center down the road and they graciously helped us with surgeries on two of them."

Caring and rehabilitating the animals has been a daunting task for SPCA Cincinnati.

Executive Director Harold Dates explained, "We have had larger cases years ago so our procedures are in place for handling it.  However, they do occupy space.  We have to move other animals and these animals need special care, perhaps more so than other situations we've been involved in."

Some of the four-legged fur balls will need on-going care and some will just need love.

Dates said, "We'll have our veterinarian here as well as our technicians and they will carefully explain the care that's going to be needed for many of these dogs."

Here's the way this very special adoption is going to work: Saturday morning the SPCA facility at Conrey Road in Sharonville will open for a viewing of the dogs.  The actual adoptions will begin at 10 a.m.  The dogs that don't get adopted will be assigned to foster homes at noon.

The goal is to see that every one of the dogs spends the rest of its life in a loving home.  While the animals have cost the SPCA a lot of money with all the medical care, the adoption fee for them Saturday is only $20.
That includes micro chipping and spaying or neutering.

All of the animals adopted from the SPCA Cincinnati get a first exam free from a large group of local veterinarians.  CLICK HERE for list.

Harold Ray Alexander goes to trial on animal cruelty charges July 24.

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