Video: 13 Dogs Rescued from Thurston County

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Hearts United for Animals rescued 13 dogs from horrible conditions in Thurston County yesterday.  They were living outdoors in piles of feces.  They were starving, full of worms and dehydrated because their water dishes were too frozen to get a drink.  The cages were made of makeshift wires and latches were bailing wire.  One very precious little staghound named Laurel is having an emergency amputation of her tail today because it was so badly injured from the cage wires and infected from the filth.  The HUA veterinarian feared she would die of infection if they did not operate immediately.

The dogs, mainly staghounds, greyhounds and coonhounds, were being bred for hunting.  Rick Herchenbach from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Thurston County Sheriff and the Thurston County Attorney all did a marvelous job of following up on complaints and worked very quickly to make sure the dogs were able to be rescued immediately.  HUA rescuers worked to carry the dogs on ice, through dead carcasses of smaller animals to get them to warmth and safety in their travel crates in the HUA van.  They were taken immediately to a veterinarian where they are all having thorough check ups and receiving wonderful care. We also wish to thank KETV and Action 3 news in Omaha for reporting the story to help raise funds for their care.  HUA anticipates that the veterinary bills for these dogs will be in the thousands.  Donations can be made online at

Without support from the public HUA would not be able to rescue dogs like these who so desperately need us.  Thank you for always being there to make sure that dogs in need can be rescued and receive the care they need.  Please pass on their story and watch the video taken at the scene yesterday.

13 Responses to “Video: 13 Dogs Rescued from Thurston County”

  1. Kathy Sugitani Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Great job-what happened to the owner of the dogs? Did you get all the dogs on the property?

  2. Michael & Joyce Davia Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    God Bless you all, for this rescue!!! We have done Greyhound Rescue in Colorado, so we have a little knowledge of the horrible places that exist. These sweet and gentle dogs, will now have the life they deserve.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  3. HuaLori Says:
    January 20th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    The owner will not be allowed to have dogs again and authorities will be keeping an eye on the situation.

  4. Amy Confer Says:
    January 23rd, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    How can they wag their tails and still love humans after treatment like that? A testimony to dogs knowing who the good guys are. Thank you for rescuing these beautiful babies.

    The song was so beautiful — what is it?

  5. Barbara E. Taylor Says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 4:44 am

    There should be a special HELL for those who inflict such horrors on the helpless, and a VERY SPECIAL place in Heaven, for those who hear their silent pleas for help, and give it!

  6. Christine Says:
    February 10th, 2013 at 1:03 am

    1000 thanks to you !

  7. Cody Bloemker Says:
    February 21st, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Such a touching video. I’m so proud of you all and of the work you do. I would love to be able to go on a rescue effort like this with you team and to be a part of the life saving efforts. Do you allow people to volunteer for this?

  8. Marcy McReynolds Says:
    February 24th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Another successful rescue by the excellent HUA crew and another place of horror shut down – Congratulations. I’ll be sending a donation to help you continue such good work. I hope the dogs are able to recover from the abuse and learn what a loving home is all about.

  9. HuaLori Says:
    February 24th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Cody, Yes please feel free to write to us at and we can discuss volunteer opportunities.

  10. ary Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    you guys are so helpful those animals couldve gotten even more betten and heart. 10000000 thank you’s you guys ar elessed!!!

  11. JoAnn Burbridge Says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    My daughter and I saw these dogs today. This video made me cry. To see them today after seeing them in this video…how beautiful and loving they are now after all they’ve been through is amazing. They all smiled and wagged when we approached them we couldn’t help but love them! Thank you HUA for all you do!! We’ve seen how awesome you are first hand. God bless you.

  12. Liisa Guida Says:
    March 17th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    We’re so glad to have found HUA! We’re driving tonight to adopt on of the sweet stag hounds we fell in love with. We’re thankful for the goodness in the work you do HUA!

  13. kdog Says:
    March 24th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    u guys rock poor dog i dont like people who would do that to a dog

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