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July 8, 2010

The HSUS Helps Rescue about 200 Animals in Calif.

Dogs, cats, chickens, and rabbits now safe


The Humane Society of the United States and Kern County Animal Control rescued approximately 150 dogs, 18 cats, 10 chickens and several rabbits from the overcrowded property of an organization called Chihuahua Rescue in Tehachapi, Calif.

The animals were removed after Chihuahua Rescue's director was evicted from the property. The owner no longer had a facility to care for the animals and reached out to The HSUS for help. The animals have now been surrendered to the custody of Kern County Animal Control.

"This is an unfortunate case of an individual who began with good intentions, but took in too many animals and was unable to properly care for them," said Adam Parascandola, director of Animal Cruelty for The HSUS. "We are grateful that the owner reached out to us to ask for assistance, and has been cooperative throughout the rescue process. Today marks the beginning of a new life for these animals."

When responders arrived on the scene, they found large numbers of dogs, ranging from Chihuahuas to border collies, living in a crowded home. Dogs and other animals were also housed in a barn on the property. With so many animals, it was impossible for the owner to give them adequate personal care.

Meeting The Need

The HSUS is safely removing all of the animals and transporting them to a nearby temporary shelter set up specifically for this rescue by The HSUS and United Animal Nations. Once there, the animals will receive thorough veterinary checks and any necessary medical treatment. The HSUS called in United Animal Nations to provide critical sheltering support on this mission. PetSmart Charities® also donated much-needed sheltering supplies for the rescued animals.

The HSUS and UAN will care for these animals at the temporary shelter until they are ready to be transported. Once all of the animals have proper medical documentation, The HSUS will transport them in specially equipped 75-foot mobile sheltering vehicles to rescue groups in the region where they will be available for adoption.

High-quality photographs and video of this rescue will be available to media upon request. See a slideshow of selected images.

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