Deputies: Dogs at Oregon rescue facility treated badly

Published On: Jan 14 2013 12:52:19 PM PST
SALEM, Ore. -

Authorities say what was supposed to be a rescue facility for hard-to-place dogs in Marion County has turned out to be a warehouse where more than 140 were housed in deplorable conditions -- little food, water fouled by garbage, cages designed for one dog containing up to four.

The sheriff's office says most of the dogs seized late Sunday from the Willamette Valley Animal Rescue facility in Brooks, north of Salem, were in poor condition: starving, sickly, some with eyes sealed shut by body fluids.

They were living on concrete floors with no bedding, their cages contaminated with feces and urine.

Deputies said Monday the 24-year-old president of the organization, Alicia Marie Inglish of Salem, was arrested on 120 counts of animal neglect and one count of tampering with evidence.