This allegation first came to my attention via a Facebook post. Many may not consider Facebook a reliable source, but those posting these allegations are legitimate rescue groups whose only interest is to help these animals. They posted their concerns of unbelievable conditions at Devore Animal Shelter.
The rescue groups told stories of the dogs being hosed down in their pens, and left wet and shivering as the temperatures in San Bernardino dropped to alarming numbers. When some people hear “California” they automatically think of warm temperatures, and find these concerns about freezing dogs unbelievable.
According to a local resident, these wet dogs were facing temperatures that were in the 20’s during the Thanksgiving week. Weather for You.com also reports the temperature in San Bernardino as falling into the 20’s for a night time temperature.
Several dogs were removed from Devore Animal Shelter by a rescue group and taken to a veterinarian hospital for evaluation. These dogs were diagnosed as having frost bite. The rescue group and the veterinarian wish to remain anonymous, due to legal reasons and pulling right issues. They assure us that all information will be disclosed soon.
While, the rescuers and the animal hospital wish their names to remain anonymous, People for Paws is trying to help by sharing as much information as possible on their Facebook page. They have photos of some of the rescued dogs on their face book page. Some of them are very graphic!
You can also read the email that Devore Animal Shelter’s Supervising Officer, Doug Smith, sent out to various rescue groups, denying any allegations of dog’s being hosed down or freezing in the frigid temperatures. A local resident, in fact told me in a phone conversation, that 1 of the dogs that has been rescued has died.
Devore Animal Shelter Has Been In the News Before
A Google search reports a long standing list of complaints and accusations against Devore Animal Shelter. In 2005 a worker, that was serving community service at the Devore Animal Shelter, contacted a reporter and made a complaint about the deplorable conditions. Another temporary worker also reported witnessing the beating of a dog.
According to a report in 2009, Devore Animal Shelter had a stray named Brownie, who they found had a micro-chip. Brownie’s owners were contacted, but the shelter wouldn’t release him without a $150.00 fee being paid. The owner’s could not afford the fee, and according to the report, Brownie was euthanized.
The list of reported horrors from this shelter goes on and on, even though they continue to deny it. They reportedly have stated that, these rumors are started by people who insist on no-kill shelters. A petition has been circulating the internet, claiming that Devore Animal Shelter kills dogs even when they have ample room to house them. According to the petition, animals are stolen from Devore Animal Shelter on a regular basis.
The petition asks that a new administration be put in place at Devore Animal Shelter. The petition states that animals are housed in the killing room and watch as others are put to death. Petitioners want this practice stopped and ask for sanitary and medical care to be a priority.
What Can You Do to Help the Animals at Devore Animal Shelter in San Bernardino CA?
Read all of the information that is circulating the internet about this shelter. All of these reports cannot simply be a disgruntled worker, or no kill advocates making trouble. I have spoken with people who have witnessed these horrors. I have spoken with people who have seen the dogs that were removed from the shelter.
If you are anywhere close to Devore Animal Shelter, go there to see for yourself what is happening. Supervising Officer Doug Smith has put out an open invitation for people to come to the shelter. Take him up on it.
Share the information with whoever you can, call the shelter, call your local paper. Call the Humane Society of the United States, call the ASPCA! Help those who are trying to help these animals in anyway you can. This is my way of helping, by telling you this story as it was told to me.
Supervising Animal Control Officer-II, Shelter Services
County of San Bernardino
Animal Care and Control
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: 202-452-1100 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Note: This writer emailed Supervising Officer Doug Smith and requested a quote for this article. There was no reply.
People For Paws (Warning: Photos are graphic)
Report From 2005
Report From 2009
Weather For You.com
Dog Beating Story
Petition to Sign