Update on Dogs Rescued in Palm Springs
Fifteen dogs are receiving medical attention and human interaction at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Animal Rescue Corps helped seize the dogs on Tuesday. Video by kmir6.comvideo
We're learning more about the fifteen dogs rescued from a hoarding situation in Palm Springs.
The dogs are all receiving much needed medical attention, and human interaction at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
This socialization will help ready them for new homes in about a month.
The fifteen dogs are covered in scars from pack fights, and recovering from an unhealthy environment.
"Typical hoarding case, I mean deplorable conditions, absolutely disgusting house, it was boarded up, there was high levels of ammonia, a great stench," said the president of Animal Rescue Corps, Scotlund Haisley.
On Tuesday morning, Animal Rescue Corps seized the dogs from a Palm Springs homeowner.
"I think this gentlemen meant well, I think these animals were not cared for, and certainly they were neglected as a result of his hoarding and his inability to care for them, but I don't think there was any intentional abuse," said Haisley.
Some of the dogs have internal parasites and ear infections, almost all of them have scars.
"Amount of scars and the number of dogs with the scars is pretty unusual, I have not seen this before, I've not worked on a lot of hoarding situations either, but the dogs definitely do have a large number of scars," said Dr. Lindi Kopecko, a La Quinta mobile veterinarian.
One of those dogs covered in scars is Bowser.
We first met Bowser on Tuesday, but he was such a sweetheart, scars and all, that they renamed him Baby for his sweet temperament.
"Quite ecstatic that we're the home to these animals, they were in desperate need of intervention and our care, we're especially grateful to Animal Rescue Corps for stepping in," said the director of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Pat Brayer.
Now the work begins to remove the pack mentality from these dogs.
"Getting all this human socialization, human interaction and compassion, very different life than what they're used, so it will take some time for them to transition into becoming dogs," said Haisley.
So even though the dogs are scarred, the wounds are only skin deep.
Animal Rescue Corps is working with foster networks, rescue groups and animal shelters to place the dogs.
They aren't sure if any will stay at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.