Multnomah County Animal Services rescues nine Chihuahuas and Dachshunds from residential puppy mill in S.E. Portland home

The young dogs, some with special needs, ready for new homes this Friday

On November 24th , Multnomah County Animal Services rescued nine dogs in squalor from Tracey Baxter’s Southeast Portland home. The dogs, seven born healthy and two born with severe visual impairment, were admitted to the MultCo. Animal Shelter Hospital in Troutdale for behavior assessments, vaccinations, spay and neuter surgeries, and general health checks. In this case, the birth defects were most likely caused by an inexperienced breeder who was breeding puppies for color instead of genetic health.

The investigation was sparked by several complaints from neighbors regarding the animals. MultCo. Animal Services and the Portland Police visited Tracey Lynn Baxter home several times. According to Portland Police Officer Aaron Schmautz, there was a distinct and foul odor coming from Baxter’s home. It smelled like dirty animals and excrement. The odor seemed to hang in the air even though he was outside.

Ms. Baxter failed to provide proper facilities or care for breeding and raising animals. In Multnomah County, anyone who plans to “breed, buy, barter or sell” pets, must obtain a Facility License from Animal Services. Baxter failed the required site inspection for obtaining the license. Tracey Lynn Baxter was fined $4,000.00 for depriving the animals of proper care.

The rescued Chihuahua and Dachshund dogs, ranging in age from 6 months to 4 years old, will be ready for placement in permanent and foster homes this Friday, December 4 th . If interested, please visit the Multnomah County Shelter in Troutdale. 

Multnomah County Animal Services is the primary community resource to address issues regarding Animal Abuse and Neglect Cases. From July 2009 – June 2010, Multnomah County Animal Services investigated 753 cruelty and neglect calls in our community.

Multnomah County Animal Services protects the health, safety and welfare of people and pets by providing compassionate and essential services including licensing, spay/neutering, adoptions, training, education, outreach, lost and found, animal rescue and protection.