Dozens of dogs who were rescued from a suspected puppy mill operation in California are getting a second chance to experience happiness. The dogs, 55 golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers or Labradoodles, were seized by animal control officials in early November from two properties in Landers and Yucca Valley, and then taken to the Devore Animal Services facility.
According to the Press-Enterprise, word spread quickly about the dogs who were in need of a new home and on Monday morning, people were lined up outside of the shelter for their chance to adopt. The shelter decided to use a lottery system (potential adopters picked a number out of a box) to adopt out the available dogs.
The dogs taken in from the suspected puppy mill operation are breeds that are highly sought-after and not always found at open-intake animal control agencies. One potential adopter told the Press Enterprise, “I’ve been looking for these particular breeds and our shelters don’t have them.”
Though the seized dogs were the big draw for the estimated one hundred potential adopters, hope was not lost for the other dogs at the facility. Some people stated that they would be willing to look at the other available dogs in the shelter if they did not get the opportunity to adopt one of the retrievers or “Doodles.”
The case against the people who owned the dogs is still under investigation.
Interested in providing a homeless dog with a loving home? Many are still waiting to be taken home from the Devore Animal Shelter.
Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 386-9820, ext 0