CLACKAMAS CO., Ore. (KOIN) — More than a dozen dogs were found living in filthy conditions when deputies arrested 4 people in a drug bust Wednesday.
It happened on the 16400 block of S Harding Road in unincorporated Oregon City.
Deputies who were on the scene found over $7,000 in cash and approximately 100,000 Tramadol pills, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.
They also found about a dozen puppies and other dogs of different ages and breeds that were allegedly involved in a breeding operation. Some of the dogs appeared to be black and golden Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Chihuahuas and Cocker Spaniels, according to deputies.
Ads inside the home stated they were breeding AKC registered black Lab puppies. The promotional materials said the puppies were in a “loving home” and “always around children.” The Chihuahuas were said to come from a “champion bloodline.”
Deputies reportedly found dead rats in the puppies’ drinking water and large amounts of feces and urine in the pens where the animals lived and played.
Sharon Harmon with the Oregon Humane Society said about 40 animals were involved in the case. Seventeen of them are being cared for by the humane society.
Four people living in the house were arrested on various charges.
Natalya Koroteev was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance. Ivan Koroteev was arrested on a probation warrant. Irina Koroteev was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence, and Dmitry Koroteev was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for driving while suspended.
KOIN 6 News spoke with Natalya and Irina after their release from Clackamas County Jail. The woman said the accusations are all lies and that a deputy came by the residence earlier in the day and said the dogs were in great shape.
They declined a request for an interview.
Authorities are investigating the drugs and conditions the dogs were found in.
Anyone with information on the Koroteevs should call 503.723.4949.
The dogs can’t be adopted just yet because they are considered evidence in the investigation. The Oregon Humane Society will care for them until its completed.