The woman in the house surrendered all of the animals, and the dogs and cats have been taken to the county shelter in Devore where volunteers and staff are now bathing, shaving and caring for the terribly neglected animals.
The County's Department of Public on Health Animal Care and Control released the following statement on Thursday afternoon:
“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.”
The animals will be available for adoption once it has been established they are no longer needed as evidence should the county decide to pursue animal cruelty and neglect charges in this tragic hoarding situation.
According to Brian Cronin, chief of Animal Care and Control for San Bernardino County, the shelter is extremely overcrowded:
“It's almost a double impact to the operation of the shelter, because now we have to care for these 50 animals in addition to an expected influx of animals due to the July 4th holiday."
Homeward Bound Project Adopt volunteers continue to clean and groom the friendly animals. The organization has also requested that everyone concentrate on the welfare of the animals and not criticize the county shelter in Devore; instead if people would adopt some of the current residents to make room for the new intakes, it would ease the overpopulation at the shelter.
Unfortunately, July 4 is the busiest day for pets getting lost and subsequently being picked up by Animal Control.
The shelter will be open at 10 a.m. on Saturday July 5.
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