In a sad turn of events, of all the 17 cats who were seized by San Bernardino Animal Control on July 2, 2014, only Koala survives. Doug Smith, supervisor of Devore Animal Shelter, ordered 15 of the 17 to be killed immediately upon availability, when their legal hold time expired. The 16th cat, Momma Verity, he ordered killed a few days later, despite the fact she was healthy and nursing 4 one-week old kittens that she had given birth to at the shelter 3 days after she was seized and brought there.
It would be a true tragedy if Koala were to survive a hoarder's house with no running water, power that was filthy and filled with excrement, only to be killed at Devore Animal Shelter because no one came for her.
As the L.A. Times reported on July 10, 2014:
Some dogs were covered with their own excrement, and in some cases the fur was so matted that the front of the canine was not easily distinguishable from its rear", said C.L. Lopez, a spokeswoman for San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.
Doug Smith would not respond to the reasons behind any of the killings.
Devore Animal Shelter is open every day. Anyone can adopt from them – they do not need to be a resident of San Bernardino County. Their hours of operation and contact info are:
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
909-386-9820 ext 0 right away to speak to someone at the front desk
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm