In December, Troy Jackson, executive director of Northwest Animal Companions, was arrested on grand theft charges after he rescued a dog and her puppies from an Eastern Idaho home.
Jackson had heard about an abused and neglected dog named Barbie who, after having been hit by a car, was left to fend for herself and her puppies out in the wintery cold.
Today, Jackson revealed to BW that none other than actor Harrison Ford and his fiancee, Calista Flockhart, adopted the rescued dogs. Ford spends much of his free time just over the Idaho border in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and reportedly tried to buy an island in Sandpoint several years ago.
“They’ve gone from rags to riches,” Jackson said. “They’ll live a better life than you and me ever will.”
Last year, the mixed-breed dogs were reportedly neglected and malnourished and Barbie had a broken pelvis which needed surgery. According to Jackson, the owner had given him permission to nurse them back to health. But when Jackson returned to Boise, he was arrested and informed that the owner had filed grand theft charges against him.
The story received national attention and an online petition entitled Free Troy Jackson received close to 700 signatures before his scheduled preliminary hearing in January. Other petitions to charge the dogs’ owner with animal cruelty started circulating as well.
Jackson said that producers from Oprah and The Ellen DeGeneres Show showed interest in the story.
All charges against Jackson were dropped in January and Barbie and her pups received the medical attention they needed. After requests from Jefferson Country animal rights activists, the dogs were not returned to their abusive owner but were put up for adoption instead.
Meanwhile Jackson is keeping himself out of trouble and plenty busy with an ambitious and comprehensive project: his non-profit group is working on a new animal sanctuary called "Almost Home" on Bogus Basin Road. NAC already owns the 200-acre site, thanks to a donation, but still needs to raise $1 million to build the sanctuary.
Additionally, NAC opened a combination thrift store, event center and veterinary office on Glenwood Street across from Expo Idaho last month. Proceeds from the store will benefit foster care, low-cost spay and neuter services and animal adoptions.