PORTLAND – The Oregon Humane Society said donations raised to help pay for a costly animal rescue topped $15,000 as of Thursday.
Last week, OHS said 169 animals were rescued from Circus World Pet Store in Newport. The rescue included 30 birds, 11 puppies and dozens of reptiles.
OHS said after the story appeared on KGW Wednesday, the donations poured in.
OHS estimated the cost of caring for the pets during their first seven days at the OHS shelter to be over $40,000. Costs include the rescue operation staff and transport, medical care, aquariums and habitats, and more.
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OHS is funded by donations and receives no government funding or tax dollars. OHS officials said this was the culmination of a six month investigation into concerns of animal neglect at the store.
Investigators said they have been trying to work with the business since April, but eventually decided to move in and take the animals, in order to protect them.
Owner Joseph Wilson said they had no idea that any complaints were being contested and denied being previously contacted by the Oregon Humane Society.