Dogs Reunited at Idaho Humane Society on First Anniversary of Rescue From Triple-Homicide Scene

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Dozens of dogs were rescued from the scene of a triple homicide in April 2013.
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  • Dozens of dogs were rescued from the scene of a triple homicide in April 2013.

They became known as the "Oneida dogs."

Police in the small Oneida County town of Holbrook were stunned in April 2013 by their discovery of what appeared to be a triple murder at a pit bull breeding farm. When Oneida County deputies arrived on the scene, they found two unharmed children—a 2-year-old and 2-month-old—who were taken to famly members' homes.

Additionally, law enforcement discovered more than 60 pit bulls on the scene and marijuana growing in the basement. The property was surrounded by an 8-foot-high privacy fence.

The pit bulls were discovered in two enclosures near the house, which indicated an organized dogfighting ring. The carcass of a pit bull was also discovered in the freezer of the home.

And this morning's Idaho State Journal reports that 18 of the rescued dogs that were adopted by families held a reunion April 5 at the Idaho Humane Society in Boise.

An employee of the humane society said the transition for many of the dogs wasn't easy and the animals had to learn trust and new coping skills.

The State Journal reports that when the adoptive families gathered at the Boise shelter, they formed a big circle with the rescued dogs.

"It was very emotional and nothing short of amazing," said Jenn Graham, one of the owners. "It was a new beginning."


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