According to Wednesday's Daily Press, five puppies who were seized from the German Shepherd Angels Rescue, in Apple Valley, Calif., have died.
The rescue organization, headed up by Mary Ryan, was raided in early October. At the time, animal control officers seized 26 live dogs from the residence, and the bodies of three dogs who had died.
According to the Town of Apple Valley, officials repeatedly asked Ryan if the puppies had been vaccinated and she claimed that all of the dogs were current on all of their shots.
When Ryan was unable to provide proof of the vaccinations, the dogs were provided with shots.
According to the city, two puppies died on Oct. 19 and 20; the surviving puppies were started on antibiotics. In the days that followed, another three puppies died, despite "aggressive, life-saving efforts" by animal control.
A necropsy on the deceased dogs is being done to determine exactly what caused their death.
Following the puppies' deaths, a request to the community was issued by animal services:
Animal Services has also received reports that some of these dogs were previously housed in private boarding kennels or homes.
Individuals that believe they adopted from German Shepherd Angels, or boarded dogs from this entity, are encouraged to contact their veterinarian or the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter at (760) 240-7000 x 7555 for guidance on disinfecting their property to insure the viruses do not spread.
Following the raid, Ryan found herself facing multiple charges, including excessive waste, exceeding the legal number of dogs allowed in a home and operating a commercial kennel in a residential zone.
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