December 4, 2010

Homeless dogs find homes

By The Spokesman-Review
Colin Mulvany photo

A SpokAnimal officer has checked on the dogs that are living in this car on East Hartson. The agency has offered to help find homes for them.
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Eight homeless hounds are no longer living in a broken-down Toyota Corolla.

Five of the dogs were adopted early Saturday, after a story about them appeared on the front page of The Spokesman-Review. The remaining three were taken to the SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. shelter, which will keep them temporarily.

“We got rid of quite a few dogs today,” said the one of the owners, Carl Hair.

He and his wife, Trisha Hair, said a number of concerned residents contacted them after reading about the dogs, which had been living in the sedan for nearly a week. Some offered to adopt dogs, while others wanted to donate food.

“We are glad the dogs are getting warm homes and a safe place,” Trisha Hair said.

The Hairs said getting rid of their “children” was heart breaking. But, they said, they had no other options after losing their Stevens County home in a Nov. 27 fire.

“It’s just something we had to do,” Carl Hair said. “I believe it’s in their best interest.”

After five dogs of various breeds and sizes were adopted, SpokAnimal picked up the remaining three dogs Saturday evening. The Hairs, who want to keep their remaining dogs, said the agency will keep them until Monday morning. It’s unclear what will happen after that.

The Hairs said they are grateful for the community’s help.

“Some good has come out of this,” Trisha said.

The couple plans to keep the remaining three dogs, one of which is a registered companion animal to Carl. They are working on getting a vehicle and money to get to South Dakota, where they say they’ve found an inexpensive house to buy.

In the meantime, they’re working with the Red Cross to find shelter in Spokane. But they fear whatever accommodations are made for them won’t welcome their remaining dogs.

The Hairs had 11 dogs when their home burned, but found homes for three of them before coming to Spokane.

“My dogs are safe,” Trisha said. “That’s the main concern right now.”

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