130 Dogs May Be Euthanized (updated)

130 Dogs May Be Euthanized

130 dogs were rescued from Rainbow’s End Animal Sanctuary in Apple Valley, CA two weeks ago, now they may be at risk of being euthanized.

On June 18, Devore Animal Shelter rescued the dogs from the animal sanctuary after reports of bad living conditions and treatment of the animals.  The dogs were not appropriately fed, medical needs were not attended to and they had very little communication with humans.

Unfortunately, a number of the dogs have already been euthanized because of medical reasons and the others were taken to Devore Animal Shelter.

The Devore is now saddled with paying the medical expenses for the dogs and making room for new dogs to enter the shelter.  If the shelter does not find sponsors for the dogs, they will have no other choice but to euthanize them.

Before Devore took on the abused animals, it was able to solicit help from other shelters and people to adopt the dogs that were at Devore to make room for the 130 from the sanctuary.

According to Devore, the puppies and dogs rescued from Rainbow End’s Animal Sanctuary are not suitable for pets because they need so much attention.  They will only release them to rescue groups with proper paperwork. Devore will only release one or two dogs at a time to other rescue shelters.

The rescued animals range from newborn pups to 11-years-old, both male and female are available.

Brian Cronin, chief of animal care and control said a criminal complaint has been filed against the animal sanctuary.

“It’s extremely concerning when a self-proclaimed animal sanctuary fails to fulfill its commitment to the homeless animals it has accepted,” Cronin said in a statement to Fox.

Devore is hoping to get assistance for the remaining 130 animals rescued from the sanctuary and not have to euthanize them.

Any rescue group looking to rescue the Apple Valley dogs can call 909-386-9820.

The Devore Animal Shelter is located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, CA 92407.

The compelling photo is not of the actual animals but of what could have been had someone not stepped in and if more shelters do not come forward and assist with these poor animals.

By: Veverly Edwards

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122 Responses to 130 Dogs May Be Euthanized (updated)

  1. honest August 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

    i like to be update about this story and if all this dogs are been adopted and rescue. Stop buying animals and breed for business , adopted a love forever a dog is the best thing people can do.

  2. Judy Rodrigues July 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    We need a law preventing puppy mills around this country!!! They are a big reason as to why we are killing so many animals. Shame on the US for not putting that into place long time ago.

  3. Nicole Schneider July 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I am a volunteer with The Mutt Scouts. We are pulling as many of these kids as we can and rehabilitating them before their time runs out. We rescued three last week. Please visit us on facebook if you’d like to adopt, foster or donate. Time is of the essence!!

  4. margaret stephens (@itsmetoo2u2) July 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    BTW: The picture of the dogs listed above is very interesting. What dogs would clump together to sleep? Most of these dogs are DEAD !!! Now this picture we need to look into. Did this picture come from the Dog shelter in DEVORE? Please I would like to hear your thoughts.

  5. Margaret July 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I am appalled that this article is so much a fraud. The last lines says that this picture is NOT FROM THE ANIMAL RESCUE. The DA in Kern County recently showed some PITA pictures against a rescue. Stating that these were examples of what the rescue could look like.. Damn it!!!
    Thank God the Judge threw those pictures out immediately. He said those pictures are not of this case and not relevant.
    STOP this fraud, to collect money…. Some people want to just want to shut down competing rescues. They are all competing for the same dog bone, MONEY and Jealousy to collect money for themselves, under false pretenses. This is called the big squeeze.
    the name of this game is called the ADAM HENRY Game. Do not get pulled in. Look for yourself, and then decide about the rescue.
    IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DOGS !!! REMEMBER. If you do not have a solution or don’t want to help a rescue that is in need, shut up. You are now responsible, yes you !!! For allowing a rescue in need without you lifting a finger to be the solution. Adopt a rescue today… Be the solution !!
    Thank you Mary Emma Gibson from Canada, now she is a woman with a solution.

  6. Emily July 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I’m currently fostering one of the dogs from this situation (who was rescued from Devore). She is one of the oldest dogs that they had–between 10 and 11 or so. She is the sweetest dog! Loves affection and thinks she’s a lap dog. She was pulled by an L.A-based rescue that I am fostering for.

  7. alice corbin July 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Call Best Friends in Utah—–they do it all!!!!

  8. Sam July 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I hope they all find a new owner. Why take in all the animals if you are going to put them down? If I were rich I would donate until they all got owners. Rich people need to do more for the world.

  9. saddened July 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    “will only release to rescue groups with paperwork” & “photo is not of actual animals.”
    Could you possibly make it more difficult to help? Why even post this, why not just say “we’ve found 130 dogs, & unless you pay the ransom, they will all die.”
    I could “rescue” a dog, one…dog. I have no paperwork. There are hundreds of people out there, just like me, but you have tied our hands.

    • SCAM!!! July 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      The reason why they don’t show the actual dogs is, If you read through the lines, they NEED MONEY TO HELP THESE DOGS!!!!This is a scam and I’ve made it my business to contact the telephone numbers and shelters they list as documentation of these types of stories and have yet to come across one that actually know about these stories. When you come across these stories about abused animals and wanting donations confirm that the agency is aware of this. If you want to help abused/neglected animals its best to donate to your local shelter.

      • j martin July 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        Not a scam. That is ridiculous. This is a situation that happened in San Bernadino County. The Devore Hoarding Dogs are real. These are largely feral dogs, and need great amounts of rehabbing. You can follow their travels for one, by going to The Mutt Scouts page on facebook..and seeing the nine of them that they took.

    • Joshua Howley (@jehowley) July 12, 2013 at 12:05 am

      A lot of the reason you can’t directly adopt a dog from a situation like this is because they need a lot of work to become “pets” and that is why they require a rescue to pull the dogs so that there are experienced handlers with the dogs that now how to handle the situations that may arise.

  10. Jane (rescuer in Australia) July 10, 2013 at 5:57 am

    It’s misleading to show a picture that isn’t actually of the dogs involved. Why not publicise the actual dogs and try and attract breed rescues or rescues that take dogs of certain sizes/kinds???

  11. Debra MN July 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Dogs including PUPPIES can’t be adopted? I believe most could be rehabbed and make wonderful companions. Give them a chance.

  12. Char Byrd July 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    It sickens me to know that these so called rescued dogs are being put back in the same situation once again..I pray to God that someone or an organization comes forward and saves these animals who all the want in their short lives is “to love and be loved back”..my hearts breaks for these innocent babies..

  13. Edith July 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    People should be more responsible for their pets to neuter or spay them! I hope these poor creatures find a good home! May God be with them!

  14. Mary Emma Gibson July 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    These dogs need to be worked with, not ‘put down’! Any dog can be rehabilitated. We have even seen crocodiles be trained to swim, roll-over and respond to human commands-so why on earth could a dog not unlearn and relearn a new way of living! These dogs just need the right handlers to give them what they need. DON”T GIVE UP ON THEM PLS! I am a dog behavioral trainer and live in Canada, I would gladly take on 1-2 dogs to work with.

  15. Melissa July 9, 2013 at 7:23 am

    and what will happen to the person that had these animals? a small fine,a slap on the wrist? states should really punish people for such acts against animals.and for you people that are complaining about the shelter,GET OFF YOU BUTTS AND DO SOMETHING!!! call other shelters to see if they can take a few in,offer to help transport them, take food and other items the dogs may need to the shelter.send in cash donations to help with the cost.DO SOMETHING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A SHELTERED ANIMAL. YOU’RE COMPLAINING DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

  16. tara nary July 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    if they really want these dogs to be rescued they should adopt them out to families who will take care of them why do you have to be licensed to love a dog its stupid i would take one , if i could

  17. kelli magnus July 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    If Devore REALLY wants to save these dogs as they claim, they should be posting picture and ID numbers for ALL of these “rescued” animals. Where the hell are the pictures?? Again, all mouth and no action other than to round these poor dogs up only to kill them for space! Devore, start adding pics now so to this story so people can network and share them. The dogs deserve that.

    • Marmar July 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Yes, these are poor dogs & we have every reason to feel sorry for the poor things. HOWEVER, the blame is not with Devore. If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t have rescued them at all. Have you worked in animal shelters before? It takes a lot for dogs who potentially have disease and neglect to be considered safe enough to be given a family. Foster families who are willing to take dogs in these conditions are few and far between. Even worse, many would love too, but are not properly equipped with expertise on how to deal with neglected dogs. I’ve worked with dogs, and dogs rescued from similar situations quite a bit. A lot of the dogs I’ve encountered have wild tendencies and were so afraid of people that they’re reaction to many things was to bite. It’s better for a dog who is in such bad condition to be put down then to be made to live when it is suffering & there aren’t the resources to take care of them. That’s why Rainbow’s End has the problem it has, they don’t have the resources to take care of them. We just need to be honest about the whole situation.

  18. Delphine S Pillar July 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    How can they call that a rescue, when all they do is take them and kill them, what is the matter with these people. why can’t some people adopt them, not everyone has the same skill with animals and many retired vets and others have all day to spend with them. also there are programs at the prisons for dogs to be trained in special programs. Very few dogs are unsalvagable, people yes, but not dogs. I can think of many places where these dogs would be useful and happy. It just requires a little work and commitment. disgusting and they call themselves a shelter, they should be closed down. I don’t know what idiot is in charge in there.

  19. jme July 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    i contacted dateline nbc again about the sickening policies at this shelter. i want to believe that the staff and board there are trying to do their best, but man, they really know how to get in the way of success. 2 animals per rescue? NO adoptions?? come on. that is nearly the equivalent of saying they WANT to euthanize them all!? plenty of puppy mills get busted, plenty of rescues are capable of judging for themselves how many they can save, the public IS capable of helping SOME. let the willing help already.

  20. Veverly Edwards July 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Updated article: http://guardianlv.com/?x=-728&y=-117&s=devore+animal

  21. suzy pearson July 8, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Totally Agree with you, KB, the animals are not dumb, that is a proven fact, military dogs, service dog, pets who obey commands, ARE NOT DUMB ANIMALS, the Dummies are the ones who think this. I don’t undertand either WHY these animals were all taken in by this shelter, gosh 130 dogs they thought they could get adopted in a timely matter, NO WAY, this should have been discussed among several shelters, NOW the dogs will pay for this…SO WRONG…Humans need to get their ACT together…these are living, breathing, heart pumping animals of GOD!!!

    • So you feel that it’s better, or more humane to leave them in the desert, in sweltering heat, with inadequate food, shelter or water, fighting, sick and dying-and in the hands of a hoarder? Lets be realistic here. NO animal should be left in those kinds of conditions…and at least they DO have water, food, and aren’t out there broiling in the desert sun as they starve. Is it ideal? No, it is not, but what they were trying to survive in-is UTTERLY UNACCEPTABLE. That is WHY these animals were taken in by this shelter…if you want to be mad, be mad at the hoarder who created this mess in the first place…and the public who see shelters as a convenient dumping ground for the animals that their unaltered pets continue to clog the shelter system with!!

  22. First, I am appalled that a photo was used that is NOT of the dogs impounded, very misleading, and unethical reporting…please remove it! That said, I often work with feral desert dogs. Unless you have extensive experience in this area of animal welfare, you can have no idea what it is like to try to deal with a truly feral dog. After “rescue” they suffer-a LOT. They are unapproachable, and often aggressive. They’re terrified of people…Many times they have been so removed from human contact, and having learned true pack behavior, they never come back to being the loving, cuddly dogs they once were…and for those born feral, they’re even worse. I see a lot of misplaced anger here. Who is TRULY to blame for this mess? THE HOARDER! While Animal Control knew about these dogs for at least a year…this hoarded continued to collect…and collect…allowed breeding, fights, did not get them medical care, socialize them, or provide them with basic food, water, or shelter. The shelter cannot take the risk of placing feral dogs with people who have little to no experience with the levels of behavior problems feral dogs display. Would you want your child exposed to a dog like this? I wouldn’t. So, instead of demonizing the shelter for at least feeding, watering, and providing shelter for these dogs-if you are truly experienced with ferals, then get out there and take a few that you think you can successfully rehabilitate. These dogs have more now than they did when impounded…at least they aren’t fighting, lying there diseased and dying in searing heat…at least they have food and water…and personally, I would much rather see a feral dog humanely euthanized—than out there suffering what amounts to torture—at the hands of a hoarder. If there is little room at the shelter, blame all of the idiots out there who refuse to spay and neuter their own pets, and use the shelter as a dumping ground for litter after litter after litter.

  23. Kerry July 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

    >>According to Devore, the puppies and dogs rescued from Rainbow End’s Animal Sanctuary are not suitable for pets because they need so much attention. They will only release them to rescue groups with proper paperwork. Devore will only release one or two dogs at a time to other rescue shelters.<<

    Who is this shelter to determine who can give these dogs a home? If someone that isn't a rescue is willing to take the time to adopt one or two, and work with them and take them in, then why kill them?

    And they'll only give TWO dogs per rescue…? Meaning transport costs for us to get them to us would be so outrageous for just two dogs that no rescues will be able to likely step up.

    With "shelters" like tis those dogs are doomed to death.
    This is not a shelter. This is a gestapo group.

    Open the dogs to rescue and adoption and to as many as reputable rescues feel they can humanely help. These dogs do not have to die.

    • Macie July 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      It is a liability for the shelter to adopt these un socialized dogs to the general public.

  24. kb July 8, 2013 at 6:46 am

    I had to say one other thing after posting because i went back to read the past posts . I saw a post where someone called them “DUMB ANIMALS” It is not the animals that are dumb , they are intelligent creatures who know how to learn to speak to us , who read our eyes , our gestures. They strive to please us so that we care for them . It is the human being who it “A DUMB CREATURE” because although we are capable of so much we know and understand so very little in the big scheme of things. We are the species who kill for no reason most often. We are the species who take from the earth no matter what the out come will be. We are the species who so quickly call another “DUMB” because we are the ones who are foolishly blinded.

  25. KB July 8, 2013 at 6:36 am

    If there are people out there who are willing to help these dogs by taking one and trying to work with it then that is what should be done. They did not ask to be left without human interaction . There is hope for them if there are people who will give them a chance. If I were not in Ny I would gladly take one and work with it to save its life . If they would send it to me I would take one and help at my own risk . If you treat them with respect and give them time and patience they can be helped. To kill these beautiful animals is a tragedy.

  26. Tracy Ann Pellegrinetti July 8, 2013 at 4:52 am

    So So So VERY sad! :-(

  27. Meghan Lodge July 8, 2013 at 3:10 am

    If the dogs are not suitable for homes, they should be humanely euthanized. Yes, what they went through sucks, but why not let them go peacefully instead of forcing them to live forever in another cage; regardless of its comforts? So many healthy animals without issues will be euthanized in their stead. That’s a waste of resources.

    • Renee' Pedersen July 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

      And that is the extremely hard truth of it, Meghan. Bummer, but someone had to say it.

  28. Aslan Behar July 8, 2013 at 12:43 am

    If you are going to kill all these innocent animals then why you rescued them ??? I hate people wgo gives decision to kill these animals just in 1-2 seconds. Hope these people die in an unexpected why so that they can see how it looks like to kill another creature !

  29. Renee' Pedersen July 8, 2013 at 12:28 am

    So, the picture accompanying the article is not actually of the dogs in Apple Valley? If that is the case, I find it misleading and somewhat un-ethical. We are all animal lovers and will do what we can. Selecting the most disturbing pictures to club people into reacting is unworthy. That being said, I certainly understand your motivation, but please leave these emotionally manipulative tactics to PETA.

  30. DrGloria Borde July 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    People should wake up and find some homes for these dumb animals, who need nothing but a little love and affection and not worry about their breed!

  31. Jodie Dominguez July 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    where is this pic from? Why are there so many dogs dead? they wouldnt be taking pic for pleading to be rescue with this pic of dead dogs. was this dead dogs from the place they seize them? this picture is very grafty and want to know where this pic was taken and by who and where.

    • Veverly Edwards July 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      I was attempting to select a compelling pic to get action not to deceive. This is not of the actual animals but of what could have been, and what could happen if they do not get help

  32. Lisa Ely July 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    The reported that they were very timid…not aggressive..the photo above HAS to be from Romania or some other country. Most of the dogs are white sheps…very dirty…VERY SHY….and about 4 litters of puppies… 2 per rescue?? they have GOT to be kidding!!! Rescues are overwhelmed as it is and would take more dogs with more fosters…Devore will kill them…cause that’s what Devore does best!!

  33. Marjorie Dunham Mullan July 7, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Are The Dogs Feral?

  34. kathy July 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Im a animal lover, my heart goes out to all the animals,

  35. Tammy N July 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t understand why no adoptable dogs. Unless they are over six month they hold be able to be adopted. No time to give them so kill them. I don’t get this and I agree PETA will show up collect thousands in donations kill all the dogs as they were being humane which is a huge lad of crap.all the pups should be adoptable and my guess is at least 100 of them could be rehabbed to great adoptable pets.

    • Dion Schwulst July 8, 2013 at 7:46 am

      This is in San Bernardino, CA! Not Bernardo ~

  36. jeffeyer July 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Please consider to create a new law to ban animal farms to produce more babies for dogs and cats.

  37. Charulatha July 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    There are lots of human beings too without proper food and shelter. Then y dogs alone must be killed? Is it because humans have six senses to kill animals n create rules against nature?

  38. Dannielle July 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    so they were taken from a location that couldn’t afford to feed ro care for them, to a new location that can’t feed or care for them.

    meanwhile, Los Angeles wants to BREED puppies to “generate revenue” and dozens of “rescues” in the area truck and fly in thousands of dogs a year for “adoption” (read: $$ SALE$$$) mostly from FOREIGN COUNTRIES (Romania, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Bahamas, Thailand) yet NONE of them will step up to help these local dogs so desperately in need?

    no money in it, right Brenda Barnett?

    for God’s sake do NOT call in PETA or HSUS all they know how to do is grandstand in their t shirts, take pictures, beg for millions in donations and dump the dogs in some other kill shelter like they always do. heck, PETA shows up with kill vans of their own.

    GO DEMAND that these “dogs without Borders” groups start taking care of their own communities FIRST

  39. Lisa B July 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    “According to Devore, the puppies and dogs rescued from Rainbow End’s Animal Sanctuary are not suitable for pets because they need so much attention. They will only release them to rescue groups with proper paperwork”…..and yet it says they range in age from newborn to 11 years. So why can’t a young pup be adopted out as a pet???? Puppies need attention anyway…..in fact, dogs of ALL ages deserve attention and should get it from any adopting family. It seems to me that families might be able to provide more one-on-one attention than a rescue. Believe me, I’m NOT knocking rescues…..I’ve fostered many times for several rescues and know what they’re dealing with.

  40. LUCIA MOREIRA July 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm


  41. Lisa Richmond July 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    One of the biggest problems is a lack of available foster homes to house these dogs while looking for forever homes. Monetary donations are needed for the pull fees that Devore Shelter will charge. Then there is money needed for medical attention, spay/neuter, immunization, etc. Without foster homes you add to that daily boarding fees. The expense is tremendous and rescues are over run with the number of dogs that flood the shelters during the 4th of July weekend. Most are not claimed by their owners and require rescue. Anyone looking to help, please google german shepherd rescue southern CA or dog rescue souther CA or some other search. Send an email and ask if they are going to rescue any of the hoarder shepherds from Devore. If they are, send your donation. Also, please consider opening your home to foster one of these dog. I’ve seen the pictures. The puppies are adorable and need out. Some are old enough to be separated from mom. Please foster a puppy or dog. These dogs need you.

  42. Di Ryan July 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    They need to have a chance to know their living wasn’t in vain!! Don’t know what love is, feels like. To be nurture n taught… Give them a chance please, fair/ justice. Not murder!!
    So many!?!? So unfair!?!? What penalty for the stupid hoarder?!?!

  43. Robin July 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Please try PETA to. I have called them many times and received help.

    • Lee Loome July 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Don’t you know that PETA will simply euthanize any animals they pick up?

    • Erin B July 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Please DO NOT contact PETA, they will show up in their “vans” and kill them immediately!


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