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More than 130 dogs saved from a hoarder in California two weeks ago need to be saved again -- but only rescue groups can save them now.

The dogs were seized from Rainbow's End Animal Sanctuary in Apple Valley on June 18, where they had been living in one large pack for years without proper food, medical care or human interaction, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control officials said.

Some dogs had to be euthanized for health reasons. The rest can only be released to rescue groups because of the costly and extensive medical care and behavior work they need. For the same reason, most rescue groups may only be able to take one or two dogs, said Doug Smith, the supervising animal control officer at the Devore Animal Shelter, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
More than 130 dogs rescued from hoarders wait to be saved again | Fox News
 

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SEBRING -- The odor coming from 4315 Lakewood Road in Sebring was so bad it could be smelled from the road, and the first deputies on scene Saturday thought there might be a dead body inside the home.
Instead, deputies found 22 adult cats, five kittens and 18 dogs in "deplorable" condition. The animals were malnourished, infested with fleas and covered in feces. Several of them were near death.



One dog's flea infestation was so bad, deputies reported, that it was impossible to tell what color the dog's skin was without removing fleas, which had literally eaten holes in the dog's skin.



The entire home -- including the garage -- was full of animal feces, according to a Highlands County Sheriff's Office report, to the point where it was impossible to determine what the surface of the floor was.



Many of the animals had mange, the report said. Three of the dogs were so malnourished they couldn't walk. Other were locked in crates that were too small for them to stand up and turn around.



Some of the animals' food and water bowls contained large amounts of feces, which appeared to be several weeks old, and some of the animals had resorted to consuming the feces to survive, deputies reported.
 

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Former board owner's warning - this is what to do if people come on the board (KNOWN OR UNKNOWN) trying to get dogs:

The Urgent Rescue forum is often the last hope for many rescues. It’s a place where emotions run high and haste is essential. That combination provides the energy necessary to save many Shepherds. Unfortunately, it also provides an opportunity for exploitation. There are some that visit this area only to exploit the animals and rescuers. Sadly there have been and continue to be cases were caring members have been deceived. This deception has cost some of our members a few dollars and some animals their lives.

Please remember the anonymous nature of the internet. Before you offer your financial help or surrender one of these animals, please ask yourself – What do I really know about this person?

So often rescue is about trust. It’s disheartening that there are those that will abuse that trust. Use caution and do a little research before you place your trust in people you know little about.

Hare are some warning signs:

1. Members without rescue representation who offer to foster or adopt multiple dogs within a short time period, pregnant dogs, or litters of pups.

2. Members who have fostered or adopted dogs from the rescue forums in the past, but have no current information on the disposition of those dogs. Goes double for those who have fostered or adopted dogs that ended up in questionable circumstances (lost, PTS without a viable explanation, not spayed/neutered, surrendered to shelters, given away to irresponsible owners).

3. Members who decline home visits from rescue organizations.


Here are some tips to help authenticate:

1. The PA (Potential Adopter) MUST be approved by a local rescue group. Doesn't HAVE to be a Shepherd rescue groups but I would recommend a herding or working breed group.

2. PA must provide work reference, vet reference and trainer reference.

3. PA must agree to a home check (again - by a local rescue group).
I will also add that the people doing the checks should not be friends of or related to the person.
 
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