Duroville Dogs Need Homes
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CREATED May. 28, 2013
We have an update on the dozens of dogs rescued by animal services from a rundown mobile home park near Thermal.
We've learned some of those dogs are still in the shelter months after they were rescued.
They are known as the Duroville dogs from the Duroville Trailer Park.
It was shut down by the federal government for substandard living conditions, leaving many stray dogs behind.
Some have been adopted, but Riverside County Animal Services says some of the remaining dogs are too aggressive to be adopted directly to the public.
"It's heartbreaking to see these dogs, the conditions they were in and now they're just sitting in the shelter without any help, so Joyce and I both have been working frantically trying to just get the word out that they're still here," said local animal advocate, Cindy Sorensen.
We were in Duroville in January as animal services rescued dozens of dogs and puppies.
Many were later adopted.
"They were getting adopted right left and center and people just forget, they don't have much time, the story dies and now the dogs," said another animal advocate in the valley, Joyce Lindsay.
Animal services says the remaining dogs are either too aggressive with other dogs or people to go to family homes.
"I can't say that they are going to get euthanized at this point, animal services made the promise from the beginning that we were going to do everything we could to place these animals," said Animal Services Deputy Director, Frank Corvino.
Of the 72 dogs brought in from Duroville, 16 still remain at the shelter.
Animal Services says they must first go to animal rescues.
"These are the last dogs that are very aggressive, they've been here for so long that they're getting stressed in their cage," said Corvino.
But Cindy sees a lot of promise in the dogs, like this one named Red.
"This dog right here is so people friendly, and there's a couple that are very people friendly, and other ones that just need to be worked with," said Cindy.
Animal services agrees there's hope for these dogs.
"We've had some tough cases, these dogs that were very aggressive at the beginning and are now at homes where they are now doing fantastic... so they're not lost causes," said Corvino.
But first they need to be sent to a sanctuary or a rescue to find new homes.
"Once that happens to a dog, they just change, you know with love they can change," said Joyce.
The remaining residents of Duroville have until the end of June to move out.
Animal services says they go there every day looking for stray dogs.
They're asking rescue organizations and dog sanctuaries to please call and help them with these Duroville dogs.