CLINTON — In the wake of the grisly discovery of eight blood and feces-covered dogs at a Clinton residence last week, Clinton Humane Society officials have seen an overwhelming outpouring of support from the local community.
After their rescue from the house at 422 Fourth Ave. North amid a scene described as “blood, gore, and death” in late February, the dogs began immediate care and treatment regimens at the Humane Society in an effort to get them on the road to recovery.
Now more than a week later, Clinton Humane Society Operations Manager Jennifer Gerdes is still blown away at the community’s response.
“Our community has been nothing short of amazing,” Gerdes said Thursday. “We’ve gotten monetary donations, amazing amounts of 50-pound bags of food, toys, chewy rawhides, bedding, blankets, towels, general cleaning supplies, and things like that. I can’t even begin to describe how fortunate we’ve been so far.”
Gerdes said she and her colleagues have set up a convenient system with Gateway State Bank, at the North Second Street and Lincoln Way locations, in which those interested in donating to the Humane Society can walk in and request to “make a deposit to the rescued dogs at the Clinton Humane Society.” Bank officials will then know which account to make that deposit in.
Besides monetary donations, the community is encouraged to continue its donations of those everyday items its been great with so far.
“Those items like the cleaning supplies and the food and things like that, we’re going through so much of them every day,” Gerdes said. “Also, with the toys, you can tell this is the first time that any of these dogs have ever gotten a new toy, and it’s just so much fun to see when they play with it for the first time.”
Items such as “pill pockets,” edible pockets in which pills and medication are inserted, are also needed, Gerdes said. All of the rescued dogs are on some form of medication for their flesh wounds and other conditions they developed in their former residence, which, according to Clinton police, did not have power, water, or heat.
An intensive “wish list” has also been placed on the organization’s website, clintoniowahumanesociety.org. Community entities such as Ray’s Timeout Bar and Grill, Midwest Pets for Life, Big River Canine Coach, G.M. Solberg Wildlife Rescue, and Buddy Gourmet have pitched in to hold food, toy, and money drives to assist the Humane Society in the midst of what was called the “heartbreaking” discovery.
As for the future of the rescued dogs, there is still some time and treatment needed before they are ready to hopefully head to loving, permanent homes, Gerdes said.
“I’d say there are at least a couple months of healing left to do,” Gerdes said. “Once they’ve gotten all of their wounds healed, then we’ll start to look at their adoption options, whether it ends up being through us or maybe some other rescue options around the state.”
Teresa Muhs, 33, and Thomas Mauk, 34, have both been charged with nine counts of animal neglect in the aftermath of the discovery of the dogs.