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Mar 24, 2013 12:10 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Volunteers help evicted breeder find homes for dogs

TUCSON - A Siberian Husky breeder in Picture Rocks said he is being evicted from his property where he had more than 30 dogs.

Several animal rescue groups scrambled to find homes for the Huskies Saturday, fearing they would be put down. People even came from Phoenix and Sierra Vista to help.

Cyndi Cubillas helped organize the effort with more than 50 volunteers. She runs a rescue called The Sanctuary Project.

"Saving a life," she said. "It's what makes a difference. Our motto is, ‘love wins.'"

Cubillas said the dogs appeared neglected when she arrived.

"I definitely think that they have been lacking in human kindness," she said. "There were a lot of hungry dogs going in packs, and some growling at each other, all trying to get to the food."

The owner, Paul Koprivnak, said he is on disability and breeds the dogs to survive.

"These dogs seriously love me," he said, "and I love them back."

He said he treated the dogs well, and he is not a hoarder.

"No. Absolutely not," Koprivnak said. "No. I have a limit on how many I can afford to feed."

Koprivnak said he has had issues with the Pima County Sheriff's Department and Pima Animal Care Center, but none of the complaints amounted to anything. He is not worried about any legal charges.

Cubillas said their veterinarians found signs of neglect.

Throughout the day Saturday, Koprivnak helped the rescuers load his animals into vehicles.

"It really truly touches me," he said. "It's amazing that at least I know that my dogs aren't going to be euthanized."

Cubillas was thankful for all the support and hopes the Huskies will be fine.

"Time will tell," she said. "The effort that's being put forth is a good sign."

If anybody wants to help, they can call (800)691-9168 or visit the group's Facebook page.

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