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Seized Loomis animals eligible for adoption

Sacramento resident devastated after puppy dies from parvo
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Animals seized from a Loomis property more than two weeks ago are now in the official custody of the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills, after outstanding fees of more than $19,000 went unpaid. Loomis resident Jenifer Gabor had two weeks from the July 12 seizure date to pay the fees to the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills to potentially have the 37 goats, 19 sheep, 14 dogs, one bird and five 700-pound pigs returned to her property. The society gave her almost a full extra day to pay the fee, making the deadline 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Curt Ransom, senior humane officer for the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills. However, that would not have meant Gabor would have been able to take the animals back right away, because an inspection of the property would have had to take place, Ransom said. “Once she pays the fees then the law allows us to determine that … these animals are fit and healthy and go back into a situation where they can be fit and healthy,” Ransom said. “If they weren’t healthy, she would have to show she could provide proper care to get them healthy.” Ransom said the fees have been building up over the last two weeks and are the result of veterinarian care, boarding, hauling, an operation to remove a tumor on one of the dogs and special treatment for two dogs that had parvovirus, one of which died. Ransom said as of Wednesday morning that Gabor hadn’t expressed interest in getting all the animals back, but asked Ransom if she could get 16 goats and one German shepherd back. Ransom said the society denied the request. “She claims that the dog she wants back, and then 16 of the goats, belong to someone else,” Ransom said. “She has said that before and I have said, ‘Have those people contact us,’ and no one has. She said it’s because they don’t want to pay either. If they do belong to someone else, they shouldn’t have left them there, but I don’t believe it.” The animals are now eligible for adoption, Ransom said. Gabor was unavailable for comment after repeated attempts Wednesday. The animals are currently being housed at several locations, including the Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills. The 14 dogs and some new puppies are at the Greyhound Friends for Life private kennel in North Auburn. The Humane Society is currently looking for a new place for the pigs to stay, Ransom said. Shana Laursen, owner of the property where the Greyhound Friends for Life kennel is located, and a member of the organization’s board, said that none of the dogs are 100 percent healthy, but she is looking forward to getting them new homes. “I would say that every single one of them has a concern,” Laursen said. “This is what I do, dog rescue, so to me it’s like let’s go on to the next step. Let’s find homes for these dogs. I take very good care of them here, but this is not the place for them to live.” Ransom said none of the animals will be adopted out for commercial purposes, but anyone interested in giving the animals homes can visit the Humane Society’s website at animalplace.com. Anyone who wishes to donate to the Humane Society to help offset the costs it is absorbing from the incident can also visit the website. Ransom said for the most part the other animals are doing well, and he is happy with where they are now. “I feel good about the situation now, because the animals are in a place where they are getting extraordinary care,” he said. “We are following the process through the court.” Jeff Wilson, assistant district attorney for Placer County, said Wednesday the District Attorney’s Office is reviewing information from the potential case for now, before it decides on whether or not to proceed. One Sacramento resident is also feeling a related effect of the animal seizure, although she was not involved in the event. Sheila Helems purchased a German shepherd puppy from Gabor July 11 after seeing a listing for the dog on Craigslist. Helems said Gabor met her in Carmichael. “I found the puppy on Craigslist, and I have been looking for a puppy for a few weeks,” Helems said. “I have looked at breeders … and I have been looking on Craigslist, and these are the first people to get back to me, so I kind of went with it.” Helems said she learned right after she bought her puppy, which she named Shiva, that it had two kinds of parasites. According to Helems, she later found out Shiva also had parvovirus and had to undergo surgery to have 15 centimeters of her small intestine removed. The virus and surgery made Shiva weak, and she never recovered. She died July 21. Helems said she spent $3,000 trying to make her dog well. When she found out about the raid, Helems said she was “furious” and hopes Gabor receives jail time if she is charged. Helems said she learned from the experience and has advice for others tempted to buy dogs in a similar way. “My best advice is make sure you can go to their property and see (the dog’s) parents,” Helems said. “Make sure they are healthy and they have good care. And on top of that make sure they have veterinarian certifications of shots. She didn’t have anything. (Gabor) handed me a vial and told me to give the parvo shot to my dog, and the vial was empty. She pretty much sold me a dead dog.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com