County Rescues Dogs in Duroville
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
Rescue efforts are underway to capture hundreds of dogs abandoned or un-cared for in Thermal's Duroville community.
The dilapidated mobile home park is being torn down as residents move to new homes just a couple miles away.
Duroville was declared by courts as unfit for humans to live in, the families are in the process of relocating to a newly built park nearby.
But they can only take two pets with them, leaving behind up to 600 stray or at-large dogs in Duroville.
A litter of puppies is pulled out from beneath a trailer, but the mother dog won't budge.
Animal services brings a trap to entice the hungry dog out.
"Most of the concerns stem around whether or not the animals are receiving food, proper care, are they injured, are they sick," said director of Riverside County Animal Services, Robert Miller.
It's a lingering problem, animal rescuers are trying to fix.
"We have been out there before, really hoped we would never have to go out there again," said Save-A-Pet director, Ann Woods.
Groups like Save-A-Pet are in Duroville determined to help.
"A lot of them are hungry, sick, wounded, so we have actually taken in four puppies," said Woods.
Now Riverside County Animal Services is starting the massive undertaking to relocate hundreds of dogs in three months, a 350,000 dollar enterprise.
The need for shelter is so great, the county is opening it's never-used San Jacinto facility to house many of the dogs.
"We really appreciate it the animal activists, that they are going to go full bore to do everything they can with the help of the community," said Lisa Robertt community liaison/fundraiser.
As people and pets are moved out of Duroville, the trailers are being demolished. This entire site should be flat by May.
"This is not an isolated problem, throughout the Torres Martinez border with the unincorporated county, there's just been a tremendous amount of dogs that have either been dumped or left out there to breed," said Miller.
Back beneath the trailer, the hungry mother dog steps in the cage.
She and her puppies now destined for better homes.
"Animal Samaritans works in conjunction with the county to rescue animals and we get them out as far as Canada and across the United States, so they're going to find better homes, permanent homes, a lot of love," said Animal Samaritans executive director, Fred Saunders.
So as the door shuts on these dogs stay in Duroville, the future is brighter for this pile of pups.
Riverside County Animal Services says they need the community to also be involved.
They are looking for donors, volunteers, and food.
A local shelter, Save-A-Pet, and other organizations will be collecting food.
Coachella Valley Animal Campus
72-120 Pet Land Place
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
Donate Food: Save A Pet
67600 18th Avenue
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241