Ark Animal 'Sanctuary' Update
I am happy to report that most of the animals at Ark Animal Sanctuary have been removed from the premises. On Friday, June 7, IDA staff, volunteers and rescuers helped to remove approximately 250 animals from this "sanctuary"...
I am happy to report that most of the animals at Ark Animal Sanctuary have been removed from the premises. On Friday, June 7, IDA staff, volunteers and rescuers helped to remove approximately 250 animals from this "sanctuary". The remaining animals, mostly horses, cows and cats, will be liberated on Tuesday, June 11. Approximately 75 rescuers were at the scene Friday helping the wide variety of animals that had been imprisoned at this mock of a sanctuary. The scene was chaotic as rescuers tried to catch the frightened horses and get them into the horse trailers. Many of the horses were trying to kick through the trailers once inside as they had not been horse trained and ended up with bloody legs. Several of them broke loose of the rescuers and ran amuck...they could not be caught again and are unfortunately still on the premises. A van was found hidden away in the woods and shut inside were eight cats, mostly Siamese. There were many trailers, vans and buses that were filled with trash and debris, some so full that we could not get back into them to look for feral cats. In one trailer a decomposing cat was found next to a three week old kitten. The kitten is now in a foster home. All of the goats, bunnies, sheep, chickens, ducks, dogs, pigs, iguanas, burros, llamas and roosters were removed. The 14foot python, iguanas and tortoise were also rescued.
Unfortunately, "sanctuary owner" Eddie White has been removing animals from the property since the court order came down on June 3. Accompanied by Officer Fox, a cameraman from KOIN News and two volunteers, we searched the house for the spider monkey, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, pet rats, parrots and love birds that resided in their home. When none of the animals could be found Mr.White stated that they were adopted out the prior night. When the police officer asked to whom, Mr. White stated that he did not know, that he does not ask questions of folks who adopt and that he does not read or write. The officer informed him that he broke a court order and immediately reported it to the District Attorney. IDA will continue to pursue the whereabouts of these animals and hold Mr. White accountable.
I have literally been inundated with hundreds of emails from folks all over the country and as far away as Australia expressing their sorrow and support in our efforts. If you have emailed me and have not heard back yet please be patient as I try and answer all of the emails.
Right now our biggest concern is getting the remaining animals off of the property, get them medical attention and to find temporary guardianship of the animals until the court rules on this case.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
If there are any feral cat trappers out there with cages, we could use you on Tuesday morning, June 11, at Ark Animal Sanctuary to help catch the remaining cats. We need as many traps as possible. Contact me at 503 293-1853 if you are able to help.
Foster some of the cats as a temporary guardian. Please note that these cats should be kept separate from any cats you have until it is determined if they carry any transferable diseases.
Vets and vet technicians to donate their services and help inoculate and deal with the basics for the cats, such as treatment of fleas, lice, ear mites, etc.
Donations, Donations, Donations: If you can help please send as follows:
US BANK 408 Main Street Tillamook, Oregon 97141 503 842-3690 ABA Routing Number: 123000220 Account Number 153653551108 For the Benefit of Ark Animal Relief Fund (AARF)
You can go into any US Bank or mail/wire a donation.
All donations go directly to veterinarian care and food for the 400+ animals that have been rescued.
Thanks to Peggy and Kenny Kirk, the whistleblowers, who have worked so very hard these past few months to find homes for the animals and to help bring to light the conditions at this "sanctuary".
Thanks to all of the IDA volunteers who pitched in on Friday and went into the "battle scene" to help rescue the animals. They were Barbara, Cheryl, Michael, Lori, Jean, Holly, Laura, Kat, Diane and Elaine. Please forgive me if I inadvertently left anyone out.
Special thanks to Kevin Mieras for taking 210 photographs of the animals and the environment that we will be submitting to the District Attorney. Also, a big thank you to Jason Coutts, Oregon Coast K9, who drove a total of 8 hours to evaluate a German Shepherd that we were told would be unplaceable due to his temperament and the fact that he had been abused. Jason deemed him adoptable with lots of tender loving care and I am happy to say that the German Shepherd has gone on to foster home.
Eddie White was charged with 10 counts of animal neglect on June 3. His next court date is June 17. He has asked for a jury trial. IDA will monitor the case and keep everyone informed. We will do every thing in our power to help ensure that Mr. White is prosecuted to the full extent of the law and bring justice to the animals that were enslaved at this facility.
In our society it is commonly accepted that animals that are placed in a sanctuary are, for the most part, animals that had been abused, abandoned and neglected by their former "owners". Sadly, many of these animals were more neglected and sick than they were before they came to what was supposed to be a safe haven for them.
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Laurie M. Lown
Northwest Regional Director
In Defense of Animals
6312 SW Capitol Hwy, No. 419
Portland, Oregon 97219
"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human." Loren Eiseley, 1907-1977 (\american environmental philosopher), The Unexpected Universe, 1969
phone: 503 293-1853
address: 6312 SW Capitol Hwy, No. 419
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