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15 Dogs Removed From Home in 'Unsafe, Unsanitary' Conditions

An animal rescue group said the dogs-- mostly large-breeds-- were living in Palm Springs in unsafe and foul conditions and injuring each other.

More than a dozen dogs living in "unsafe and unsanitary conditions" were removed from a Palm Springs home Tuesday, an animal rescue group said.

The group, Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), said they assisted Palm Springs police with the operation-- which they've dubbed "Operation Desert Dogs"-- Tuesday morning.

"The dogs, large-breed Labrador and Shepherd mixes were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions in such proximity that they were injuring each other, a number of them having open bite wounds and scarring," spokesman Gary Smith said.

All 15 rescued dogs were taken to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, where an "emergency shelter" has been set up by the ARC to assess the health of the dogs and provide any necessary medical care.

They were all crammed into a single family home in the Gateway Estates area of Palm Springs, near the area of Highway 111 and North Indian Canyon Drive, Smith said.

"These dogs were removed from this situation to avoid further serious injuries and continued suffering," ARC President Scotlund Haisley added. "This is a considerable case for a city whose shelter is already at near capacity with homeless animals and Animal Rescue Corps did not hesitate to answer the call for assistance for the sake of our partners and these dogs."

Once the dogs are fully assessed, they'll likely be taken to  to ARC shelter and rescue partners across North America.

Operation Desert Dogs was a collaborative effort between Animal Rescue Corps, Ady Gil World Conservation, PetSmart Charities, the Palm Springs Police Department, Palm Springs Animal Control and the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, according to ARC.

Palm Springs police confirm that that helped out with the operation, though details about the investigation weren't immediately available. 

"Palm Springs Animal Shelter is committed to the well-being of this city's human and animal residents," said Palm Springs Animal Shelter board President, Dr. Doug Kunz. "We're incredibly grateful for Animal Rescue Corps in assisting the City of Palm Springs in bringing this situation to a successful conclusion."

L & R January 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Thank you for your continued service to our communities animals. There are just too many dogs, cats and horses in these situations today. Please know we appreciate all you do! R&L
Karla Payne January 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Fortunately, the dogs were rescued! Is this a "kill shelter?"
Francine York January 23, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Responsible is training your dog not to use the streets as a dumping ground. Responsible is not taking your dog on a walk if you cant control him/her. Responsible is protecting others from disease. Responsible is respecting private and public property.
Denise DuBarry January 23, 2013 at 08:28 AM
It's very sad to see good intentions go so awry. I'm certain that the people who took these dogs in did so to help them but they just weren't armed with the right information. Check out Don Sullivan on YouTube, if you want to help dogs, get educated on how best to work with them first.
victoria January 23, 2013 at 03:38 PM
HOW TO DONATE???? Is there a site or an address? I'm not a local. thank You.
victoria January 23, 2013 at 03:38 PM
HOW TO DONATE???? Is there a site or an address? I'm not a local. thank You.
carol jane lummus January 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I have posted this article to my Facebook page, I am a puller and transporter for several animal rescues here in the desert. If you need my help, please feel free to email me.

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