More than 50 Dogs and Cats Surrendered in Animal Cruelty Case, Crowded Shelter Makes Plea to Adopters and Rescues

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control responded to a complaint of animal neglect in the Phelan area.  During the course of the investigation, the purported owner of the animals surrendered 38 dogs and 17 cats to San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

The surrendered animals were transported to a veterinarian for examination and evaluation.  Based upon the veterinarian’s findings, these surrendered animals are being held as evidence pending review of the case by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Until that time, they’ll be cared for at the County of San Bernardino Animal Shelter in Devore, which already has several dogs awaiting adoption and is bracing for more. The day after the Fourth of July is historically one of the busiest days of the year for the shelter staff. The County always sees an increase of pets in its shelters that are frightened by fireworks and get lost. When that happens, the shelter can easily become overcrowded which impacts the shelter’s operations.

There are several ways you can help. Shelter staff is issuing a plea to all pet owners to secure their pets during the July 4th festivities and make sure their pets have identification.  Individuals and animal rescue organizations are encouraged to come and adopt any of the available dogs and cats currently awaiting permanent homes at the shelter.

“Adopting the animals we have that are already available will free up space in the shelter for the influx that will come with the Fourth of July,” said Brian Cronin, Chief for Animal Care and Control. “It will also allow staff more time to care for the dogs and cats that were received on Wednesday as a result of this recent animal neglect case. Many of those animals have been neglected and require extended care.”

The animal shelter will be closed on Friday, July 4. The shelter will be open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 5.  The Devore Animal Shelter is at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, CA.  Donations can be made to the Animals are First Fund (ARFF) at http://www.arffund.org. If you are an animal rescuer partner or potential adopter, call (909) 386-9820 for more information.

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