Update 10:00 AM:Community Alert: Lucern Valley Dog Shelter Is In Desperate Need To Remedy Inhumane Conditions.

By  Ashka Patel
High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley)–An urgent request for assistance is being made by independent Animal Rescuer Isabel Gallardo and Jenifer Aldrige who are volunteering at Harmony Haven Rescue, Lucerne Valley.

The situation is out of control when it comes to the medical health of over 350 dogs currently residing at Harmony Haven Rescue.

This is result of local residents dropping off dogs that haven’t been vaccinated, spayed or neutered at, Harmony Haven Rescue.

The owner of Harmony Haven Rescue is an 83 old woman, who needs financial assistance herself. When speaking to Isabel Gallardo, she stated, “They need to get more volunteers or 501c3’s to help with the situation.”

Independent Animal Rescuers have been coming all the way from Los Angeles and San Diego to assist in any way possible. The conditions are horrid, inhumane and medically unfit for the dogs to reside there.

The rescuers are making trips from other cities at their own expense to assist in the situation.

They are requesting for supplies from local residents or businesses, such as dog food, fencing material, independent contractors, and anyone willing to volunteer a day at the facility to assist in the cleanup.

Also, they are asking local residents to adopt one of these dogs, so that they can be taken out of this facility as soon as possible. They are requesting assistance from Local Veterinary’s, because it’s very difficult to pay the high medical costs associated for the treatment of these dogs.

Currently the dogs are without food, water, and the rain this weekend will make the situation worse. “Dogs who are digging holes in the ground and with tomorrow’s rain they could drown in those floods. The conditions are dilapidated and we need to find a permanent solution rather than to band aid the situation” stated Isabel Gallardo.

Currently there are Labradors, Sheppard’s, collies, and mixed breeds. If the small puppies aren’t taken out of the facility they will multiply and it will be a very inhumane situation for them. Some dogs haven’t been vaccinated therefore they were put in isolation today by Isabel Gallardo’s team.

Harmony Haven Rescue previously had a food donor but doesn’t have one currently. They are out of food and supplies and there are pregnant dogs as well at the facility. They independent animal rescuers are urging the local community to assist in this situation before it’s too late. They are also asking major Home Improvement Stores to donate building supplies so that shelter and fencing can be built.
Any local residents who can afford to donate food, blankets, building supplies, or their time are welcome. All donations will be tax deductible. Please contact Isabel Gallardo at Pitrescuer@yahoo.com

5 comments for “Update 10:00 AM:Community Alert: Lucern Valley Dog Shelter Is In Desperate Need To Remedy Inhumane Conditions.

  1. Jerry Renehan
    March 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I’m sorry to say this, but sometimes euthanasia is the only humane way to go.

  2. LISA
    March 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm


  3. Linda Adams-Hendrix
    March 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I am an attorney for Harmony Haven and this article contains inflammatory and untrue information. There are not now nor has there ever been 350 dogs at the sanctuary. I have been out there recently and this arcle – with photos of sleeping, well fed dogs is misleading. This owner is in no manner inhumane. Please contact me immediately for a retraction of portions of this article. Help is needed, but this article could well cause harm to the owner and the dogs.

  4. Donnamae
    March 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    People need to stop leaving dogs tied or chained to this woman’s fence, or just dropping them off without notice. She did not create this situation; she does her best to handle what comes but it is extremely costly and overwhelming, as you can imagine. Please help her save those dogs and rescue as many as you can. All these animals need to be vaccinated and either spayed or neutered as a great start, and a Vet with the ability to help at low or no cost would surely be a blessing!

  5. Clare
    March 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    This case is one of many happening WAY too much these days. Rescuing turned hoarding – and the rescuers then need rescuing. It saddens and angers me at the same time. I want to help the rescuers that are helping the rescue. Not the rescued!

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