Western Washington Animal Shelter Inundated with Freezing Dogs After Winter Storm

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On December 27, Pierce County Animal Control brought six dogs from a property in Graham to the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. The dogs had been left outside in the freezing temperatures. Two dogs were found deceased on site.


One of the dogs arrived in such horrific shape that the shelter’s veterinary team had to humanely euthanize it. The remaining five are skin and bones, dehydrated, covered in mats with dried fecal matter, and infested with fleas.

On December 28, 14 more dogs were brought to the shelter from a different property located in Tacoma. After being left alone to face the snow and freezing temperatures, the shelter’s veterinary team is evaluating their medical conditions and doing everything they can to help them.


With so many animals coming in desperate need of help, the shelter has run out of space.

The community can help by adopting or fostering an animal today. The shelter has more than 40 adoptable dogs, and they can all be viewed on the shelter’s website. To help boost adoptions, the shelter is offering $50 off adoption fees for all dogs from December 30 through January 16.


If you’d like to help provide medical care for the 19 dogs brought in from the frigid temperatures, you can so at the shelter’s website, as well.

To learn more about these struggling pups, you can also check out the video below.

Story submitted by Lindsey Heaney from Tacoma, Washington.

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