ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Albany’s Safe Haven Humane Society Director Chris Storm said she has never seen anything like it.
Roughly 200 critters are looking for new homes in Albany after 145 rabbits and 58 guinea pigs were seized from the home of 58-year-old Pamela O’Brien, who has been charged with animal neglect. Animal abuse investigators have called the situation an “extreme case of animal hoarding.”
“I think for me the most upsetting is that you can’t take care of this many,” said Storm.
The animals, many of them injured and malnourished, thin with long nails, were dropped off at the humane society by police Wednesday. Storm said the conditions in which the animals were living were appalling.
“The feces were piled high, giving them little room,” she said. Albany police said the cramped conditions meant the rabbits were living in their own filth.
Safe Haven Humane Society has been overwhelmed with the mass influx of four-legged creatures, and has put out a call for donations of food, cages, crates and bedding, as well as other pet supplies.
Due to the upcoming high temperatures this weekend, the animals, many of whose cages were outside, may have been saved from the heat.