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Three of the dogs found are faring better now after being fed and taken care of.

Three of the dogs found are faring better now after being fed and taken care of.


One of the rescued dogs was nothing more than skin and bones when found.

Dogs abused, abandoned

A crisp, cold morning on Oct. 4 Animal Ark received a call about five dogs being dumped on the Truck Route by Grangeville. There were five wonderful volunteers and one on the phone. One volunteer took water, food and dog biscuits from Primeland and a blanket. She left a blanket the ground was cold and they were ready to give birth. They were so happy to see caring people. Three females and one male. The next morning the dogs were chased off and were separated for a while. Animal Ark knew we had to move quickly. The Camas Vet Clinic is just down the road so we tried to start moving them that way. There was a lot of praying and begging for the dogs to get in the car. It was hard but the three girls made it to the clinic. The male dog was very worried and would not get in the car so a volunteer turned on her emergency lights and the male dog trotted along behind. There were smiles and thumbs up from people driving on the Truck Route. He followed right into the clinic with his friends and was glad to be there. The two gals at the clinic were so caring: They took the pictures and gave them names. They gave them warm blankets in their kennels and cranked the heat up. All the dogs were skin and bones.

The three females were pregnant and quite a shock for Phil Volkman when he came to work thinking about his regular work load. He knew this was an emergency and each female took two hours to be cared for. The mothers were in bad shape and the puppies were not able to live. They were just little bones with no flesh. The male was neutered and after two days to start healing they were all taken out to Holiday Kennels with Steve. He is so good and caring for Animal Ark dogs. He has a heart for us. He put them all in one condo where they could all be together and they have warm blankets and heat. They could not run and had to be very calm for six days. They ate all the food they could get.

Then we found a dog in the pound which was one of them also. She was so thin. This is such cruelty. She was not pregnant and could not be spayed because of her condition. She has been taken to a volunteer’s home where she is receiving special care and medicine. The day she started lifting her head and eating on her own made us all so happy and so sad to say this is not an unusual happening with the animals. We named her Glory.

They all love people and are healing up nicely. Two volunteers go to the kennel every day to sit and visit with the dogs.

Whoever let this horrific thing happen needs to be prosecuted.

We are now looking for funds to help pay for all these expenses. The vet bill is $1,800 and the kennel will be more.

We are looking for loving. caring forever homes so these dogs will never know this kind of abuse again.

This is what Animal Ark experiences every day. You can help by sending your donations to Animal Ark at P.O. Box 412, Grangeville, ID 83530.

It is believed most of the dogs are Walker hound mix. DNA testing revealed the small, reddish brown dog volunteers named “Maggie,” had her DNA results come in as 37.5 percent American Staffordshire Terrier; 37.5 percent mixed breed; 12.5 percent Akita and 12.5 percent Boxer.

By Dori Dixon, Animal Ark volunteer

Grangeville Senior Citizens

The Oct. 23 meeting of the Grangeville Seniors was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance given by Stan Modrell and Carl Sommers offered the prayer. Alta Clark was the winner of the free dinner drawing. There were 83 meals served on site and 34 home delivered. There were no guests this day. Pinochle Winners: 1st, Beth Parrish with 4,880 and 2nd, Gary Crea with 4,520.

The October 27 meeting of the Seniors was opened by Stan Modrell leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Barbara Essen giving the prayer. Carol Asker won the free dinner drawing. There were no guests this day. Pinochle Winners: 1st, Nancy Winkler with 4,580 and 2nd, a tie between Stan Modrell and Mary Purdy, both with 4,050.

Menu for Nov. 3rd: Ground Beef Stroganoff over Noodles, Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower, Orange Wedges, Breadsticks, and Rainbow Sherbet.

Menu for Nov. 6th: Breakfast For Lunch: Sausage or Bacon, Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast w/Syrup and Mixed Fruit.

Pioneer Senior Citizens

Agnes Forsman opened the October 24 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance. Elred Nuxoll led the dinner prayer.

Guest this week was Janis Forsmann of Lewiston, daughter of Eleanor Hinkelman.

There were 51 meals served with 14 takeouts and 24 frozen meals.

Agnes Forsman shared a joke with the group.

Agnes Forsmann won the the nickel Bingo pot while Vera Holthaus and Gladys Sonnen split the blackout.

Door prizes were won by Sylvia Forsmann, Connie Forsmann, Sally Duman, Gladys Sonnen, Carol Altman, Frances Ellsworth, and Lloyd Nuxoll.

Winner of a special Halloween Towel donated by Cindy Connolly was Jerry Johnson.

Entertainment this week was by the Old-Time Fiddlers.

Seniors wanting to go to Lewiston to shop or doctor’s appointments and don’t want to drive, call Coast driver, Katie Manifold, at 509-397-2935

Come join us for a meal every Tuesday for a small donation at the Pioneer Senior Center in the Cottonwood Community Hall basement. Meals are served at 12 noon.

To order meals delivered, call City Hall at 962-3231.

Menu for Nov. 7 - Baked Fish, Red Beans & Rice, Brussel Sprouts, Whole Wheat Roll, Vanilla Pudding.


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