More than 50 dogs and cats were surrendered to authorities following allegations of animal cruelty and neglect in Phelan, San Bernardino County officials said on Thursday.
The purported owner of the 38 dogs and 17 cats turned over the animals to San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control on Wednesday, according to the county's Department of Public on Health.
"The surrendered animals were transported to a veterinarian for examination and evaluation," a release from the department stated. "Based upon the veterinarian’s findings, these surrendered animals are being held as evidence pending review of the case by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office."
They were taken to an animal shelter in Devore, and the shelter was concerned about overcrowding because the day after the Fourth of July is usually one of the busiest days of the year at the shelter, according to the release.
"The County always sees an increase of pets in its shelters that are frightened by fireworks and get lost. When that happens, the shelter can easily become overcrowded which impacts the shelter’s operations," the release stated.
The department was asking for the public's help in adopting the shelter's currently available dogs and cats in order to free up space for the expected influx.
“It will also allow staff more time to care for the dogs and cats that were received on Wednesday as a result of this recent animal neglect case. Many of those animals have been neglected and require extended care," Animal Care and Control Chief Brian Cronin said in the release.
The Devore Animal Shelter would be closed on Friday for the holiday, but would reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The shelter is located at 19777 Shelter Way (map). Potential adopters are encouraged to call 909-386-9820 for more information.
It was not immediately clear if any arrests were made in connection with the case.