Just got back from a deployment with HSUS NDART team in Lucerne Valley. Everyone did a wonderful job. Photos from the press release below.
The HSUS Rescues Approximately 150 Dogs from Hoarding Situation
The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team has rescued approximately 150 mixed-breed dogs from an overcrowded property in Lucerne Valley, Calif. The HSUS was contacted by the producers of Animal Planet’s series Confessions: Animal Hoarding.
The owner has voluntarily surrendered all of the dogs to The HSUS and this rescue will air on Animal Planet’s Confessions: Animal Hoarding
“This is an unfortunate case of an animal lover and rescuer who became overwhelmed, had limited resources and simply has more animals than she can properly care for,” said Adam Parascandola, director of animal cruelty issues for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Animal Planet for calling us in to help give these animals a second chance.”
The HSUS provided animal handling, sheltering, transportation and placement assistance for this rescue. When rescuers arrived on scene they found about 150 dogs, including dogs who were pregnant, nursing, diseased and injured, in outdoor pens.
The HSUS has transported all of the dogs to a temporary shelter where they will be checked by veterinarians and receive any necessary medical care. The dogs will be placed with area shelters and rescue groups where they will be evaluated for adoption. PetSmart Charities®
also donated much-needed sheltering supplies for the rescued animals.
The story will air on Animal Planet’s new hit series Confessions: Animal Hoarding. The series explores stories of people who own more pets then they can care for. The problem of animal hoarding is little understood, but far more common than most people realize. There are over 3,000 reported cases a year, and at least ten times that number that go unreported. The series brings families together to voluntarily find humane solutions that work for both pets and people. If you know someone who might be an animal hoarder, you can learn more atwww.animalhoardingproject.com
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.