Scarred, Filthy Dogs Rescued in Palm Springs
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
Fifteen dogs are staying in the Palm Springs Animal Shelter after being seized from an owner accused of hoarding.
The animals were rescued Tuesday morning out of a house on Tramview Road in Palm Springs.
The dogs are all expected to be okay, but they are covered in scars from fighting and living in conditions described as squalid by animal control.
You can see for yourself in video captured by Animal Rescue Corps.
Animal Rescue Corps marches into the Palm Springs home.
Inside they find filthy dogs, scarred by pack fights.
They are carried out of this house, past their former owner.
Neighbor Tanaya Hall runs a daycare behind the house, and says the situation is a nightmare.
"They were really good dogs at first, but then I guess because of the neglect, they started fighting each other and hurting each other.. so that's when we started to hear the screaming," said Hall.
The scars are visible as the vets check out the dogs.
Bowser is a friendly dog covered in old wounds and fresh scabs.
"They have a lot of old scarring, a lot of fresh scarring, we found a lot of just filth, I mean as we're examining these dogs, we're finding cockroaches coming off of the dogs," said president of Animal Rescue Corps, Scotlund Haisley.
Palm Springs Police say animal hoarding complaints started back in April 2012.
"Complaints were for the excessive noise, the feces and excessive animals," said Sgt. Mike Kovaleff with Palm Springs Police.
At a hearing last week, the order was given to seize the animals.
Animal Rescue Corps brought 30 volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada to help police, and Friends of the Palm Springs Shelter.
"It takes a lot of manpower, and a lot of people that know what they're doing with dogs," said Sgt. Kovaleff.
We stopped by the house of the man accused of hoarding the dogs to try to speak with him, but could not get past the gate.
Now the 15 dogs are receiving care, and will be prepared for adoption throughout North America.
"I think with some love these dogs are really going to turn out to be lovely dogs, so what I anticipate is 100 percent of these dogs will be in permanent, loving homes within the next month," said Haisley.
And neighbor Tanaya Hall is happy to hear that news.
"It's good to know that the dogs are going into a home where they can be loved, where they can be taken care of. Just like kids, they need love too," said Hall.
Animal Rescue Corps is an international non-profit organization that relies on donations to do their work.
Trips like this Palm Springs operation cost about 25,000 dollars.