10 Shar Peis arrive at Portland shelter

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Pictured here is one of 10 Shar Peis the Oregon Humane Society removed May 2, 2013, from a Washington resident who pleaded guilty in April to animal cruelty charges. (Oregon Humane Society)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Humane Society on Thursday removed 10 more Shar Peis from a Washington resident who pleaded guilty in April to animal cruelty charges.

The dogs’ arrival in Portland marks the last chapter of a year-long animal rescue saga.

In May 2012, 41 Shar Peis — nearly all reportedly needing medical attention — were removed from the home of Goldendale, Wash., resident Eric Calvin. The last of those dogs was adopted from OHS in October.

Last month Calvin pleaded guilty to one felony count of animal cruelty, OHS reports. The OHS medical team provided evidence to Klickitat County authorities, originally allowing Calvin to be charged with nine counts of animal cruelty.

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On Thursday a worker with the Oregon Humane Society carries one of 10 Shar Peis confiscated from a Goldendale, Wash., home. May 2, 2013  (Oregon Humane Society)

Under a plea agreement, the Goldendale man reportedly can not have any dogs other than two altered Shar Peis. Calvin also has five years on probation and must pay $2,378 in fines and fees.

“Although OHS Humane Officers do not have jurisdiction in Washington,” the Portland-based shelter reports, “the OHS shelter in Portland was the only facility in the Northwest with the resources to care for such a large number of neglected dogs.”

Many of the 10 Shar Peis taken Thursday by OHS will require treatment for skin infections and an eye condition known as entropion, the shelter reports. The dogs will be offered for adoption as soon as they are healthy enough for new homes, which could take as long as six months.

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