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January 9, 2012

Approximately 150 Dogs Rescued from Hoarding

Rescue to be featured on Animal Planet's "Confessions: Animal Hoarding," airing January 13, 2012

  • Adam Parascandola, director of animal cruelty issues, holds one of the many puppies his team found. Alex Gallardo

  • Mixed-breed dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages lived on the property. Alex Gallardo

  • The dogs, some diseased and injured, lived in outdoor pens before their rescue. Alex Gallardo

  • Some dogs required more coaxing than others to get into their crates. Alex Gallardo

  • Once in crates, the dogs were transferred to a temporary shelter for vet check-ups. Alex Gallardo

  • The dogs will soon go to local rescues and shelters, where they will be evaluated for adoption. Alex Gallardo

  • A puppy at the temporary shelter gets some love from an HSUS rescuer. Alex Gallardo

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."

Watch the Animal Rescue Team in action on "Confessions: Animal Hoarding," Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Animal Planet

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 hit series "Confessions: Animal Hoarding" on January 13, 2012. 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 at www.animalhoardingproject.com.

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