Milk River dogs almost all adopted a year after seizure of 201 neglected pets

A year after 201 neglected dogs were seized from a rural property near Milk River, Alta., nearly all of them will be spending Christmas in new, forever homes.

Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society has just one dog seized from rural property in 2014 still up for adoption

An adoption application is pending for Frills (left), leaving Hamilton (right) as the final dog available for adoption through AARCS from the mass seizure of neglected animals in Milk River a year earlier. (Rosalee MacKinnon Photography/AARCS)

A year after 201 neglected dogs were seized from a rural property near Milk River, Alta., nearly all of them will be spending Christmas in new, forever homes.

In total, just four of the animals are still up for adoption through various shelters, said Deanna Thompson, executive director of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).

Sixty of the dogs were kept by AARCS, itself, and 59 of those survived the ordeal.

One had to be put down due to a brain injury, Thompson said, but the rest have made remarkable recoveries.

"It's been an amazing year with these dogs," she said.

In addition to malnutrition and a lack of grooming, several dogs had to be treated for major injuries like broken bones.

One of the dogs seized from Milk River, shortly after being apprehended. AARCS says some of the dogs had broken bones, gaping wounds and were riddled with parasites. (AARCS/Facebook)

"It did take time, of course, emotionally for these dogs to get over their pasts and learn what it's like to be a real family pet," Thompson said.

All but two of the dogs kept by AARCS have so far been adopted, and an adoption application is pending for one of them, named Frills.

That leaves just Hamilton, a large Komondor-cross, up for adoption.

"We know there's a home out there for him, somewhere," Thompson said.

More information about Hamilton and other pets up for adoption can be found through the AARCS website.

April Dawn Irving was charged with one count of animal cruelty in the death of five dogs who were discovered at the time of the seizure. She is due back in Lethbridge court in January. 

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