State officials remove nine dogs out of 19 from Morrill residence

Dogs receiving medical treatment before being adopted out
By Ben Holbrook | Nov 02, 2012

Morrill — State officials removed nine dogs out of a total of 19 from a Morrill residence Friday, Oct. 26, with the possibility that more dogs could be removed in the future.

Maine State Police Trooper Benjamin Sweeney said officials from the Maine Animal Welfare Program removed the nine dogs from the residence and took eight of them to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

The family that owned the dogs lost their home in December of 2011 after a fire destroyed the residence.

Sweeney said investigators are going to continue checking in with the family following the removal of the dogs. He did not believe any charges would be filed in the case.

The eight dogs, which range from 2 years to 11 years old, are being evaluated and treated for skin issues, and, in some cases with the older dogs, dental issues, Carrie Koskela, the office manager for the Lincoln County shelter, said.

Koskela said the rescued dogs range from the smaller Shih Tzu up to larger Labrador breeds. Once the dogs are medically fit, they will be adopted out, Koskela said.

Two of the dogs have already been adopted, she said.

“There’s a lot of love for these dogs,” Koskela said.

With the influx of the eight new dogs in addition to the 20-plus already at the shelter, Koskela said any donations –– whether it’s money, food, cleaning supplies or someone's time –– are appreciated. As a no-kill shelter, the dogs will stay on-site until they are adopted, Koskela said.

“We have an overabundance of animals right now,” she said.

It is still unclear at this time if more dogs will be removed, but Koskela said there is a possibility the shelter may take in three to four more dogs from the residence. State officials said the case is still open and the family is cooperating with agents.

In addition to the dogs taken in by the Lincoln County shelter, a Northport veterinary hospital took in an older dog that was suffering from severely matted fur and an infestation of fleas.

The14-year-old Collie was taken to Blake Veterinary Hospital in Northport because of its age and medical condition, Tori Menard, a receptionist at the hospital, said.

Menard said the Collie’s fur was so matted it needed to be shaved off, and the dog was so infested with fleas it developed an allergy to the fleabites. Also, the dog suffers from arthritis and is being treated with pain medication, Menard said.

When asked if the dog would be available for adoption, Menard said she was not sure what the plan was for the dog’s future. She said if the dog could go to the right home, however, it might be possible the hospital would adopt the dog out.

“We would like to give her a loving home,” Menard said.

If someone is interested in adopting the dog, Menard said, they can call the clinic at 789-5700.

A message left with the Maine Animal Welfare Program was not immediately returned.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at

Comments (1)
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