COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho.-- The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office found homes for more than 100 animals it seized from an Athol home in January after it spent months and thousands of dollars caring them.
Volunteers and members of the sheriff's office took care of the animals for five months. They held a free adoption event Monday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Volunteers feared the rabbits and guinea pigs that did not get adopted would be euthanized.
The sheriff’s office said it could not afford to care for the animals any longer. Volunteers, like Sue Nussear, looked after more than 100 animals that were left in the Sheriff’s custody.
“Of course we get attached to the animals,” Nussear said. “What’s not to love?”
A majority of the animals were placed in homes during the event, though there were still dozens left Monday evening when the story aired on KREM 2 News. The new owners were required to register with the sheriff’s office and take the animals with them at the time of adoption. The sheriff’s office sold animal carriers for a small fee.
It was not the first attempt to find homes for the animals. The sheriff's office held multiple events, but was running out of time and space.
“None of us want to see these animals put down,” said volunteer Annemarie Wright. “Basically, that’s extinguishing life for no good reason.”
The sheriff's office told KREM 2 News that it spent more than $6,000 to care for the animals and would have spent more to have them euthanized. A court will decide whether the animals’ former owners will be required to reimburse the sheriff's office for its expenses.