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OSP troopers with rescued puppies

TROOPERS SAVE DOGS AND PUPPIES FOUND ON THANKSGIVING DAY ABANDONED INSIDE BACK OF U-HAUL TRUCK IN KLAMATH COUNTY, OREGON

KLAMATH FALLS, OR (November 30, 2023)  The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2023, OSP troopers responded to the Love’s Truck Stop in Klamath Falls for the report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.

A U-Haul truck had been abandoned in the parking lot for approximately two days. When the troopers arrived, they could hear barking from the back of the enclosed truck. An investigation revealed the U-Haul had been reported stolen and troopers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. Troopers found seven cages with 15 abandoned dogs including several puppies. The dogs had been severely neglected; however, all were found alive. The dogs had been abandoned in the back of the U-Haul since Monday, November 20, 2023. 

Trooper Interior of U Haul 11 28 23

The dogs and puppies had been abandoned in back of the U-Haul since Mon., Nov. 20, 2023

Troopers contacted two suspects and were able to recover an additional 10 dogs.

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David Eugene McMillion (50) of Klamath Falls was arrested for:

  • Animal Abandonment
  • Criminal Mischief II
  • Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
  • Animal Neglect II

Lisa Annette Weeks (39) of Klamath Falls was charged with:

  • Animal Abandonment
  • Unauthorized Use of Vehicle
  • Animal Neglect II

In all, 25 dogs were turned over the Klamath County Animal Shelter for evaluation and care.

One puppy has tested positive for canine parvo.

All dogs currently at the shelter have been quarantined and the shelter sanitized to help prevent further spread of the disease.

Once medically cleared the dogs will be available for adoption and the animal shelter has already received dozens of adoption applications for the dogs.  

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.

 

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