Shelter opens kennels to 27 abandoned dogs in Hemet
By Gail Wesson
For the third time in a month, Ramona Humane Society has taken in more than two dozen animals at a time either abandoned or surrendered by owners in its mid-Riverside County Service area.
The latest, a group of 22 dogs and five puppies, were found by a Good Samaritan in a Hemet vacant lot near Santa Fe Street and Central Avenue on Thursday morning, Jan. 4.
Lori Neddermann, vice president of operations, Ramona Humane Society, tries to look at the bright side this time: “We had lots of room. The timing of this was good.”
People tend to adopt during the holidays so there is room in the kennels, but had this happened in summer, it likely would have been an overload situation.
The dogs, a combination of Chihuahua-mix and terrier-mix dogs, appear under 2 years old, in good health and have not been spayed or neutered, according to Neddermann.
Because they are strays, they must be held until Jan. 8, but prospective adopters can view them at the shelter now.
At the vacant lot, food plates were scattered about and a milk crate contained the five puppies. The rescuer used treats to lure all the dogs into her vehicle.
In the last incident, 27 dogs and three cats were surrendered by Beaumont owners when Beaumont police found a family and the animals living in what were described as filthy conditions on Dec. 20.
The first seizure was Dec. 7 when San Jacinto sheriff’s deputies found 23 Chihuahuas in a U-Haul trailer in San Jacinto.
Nedderman wants anyone who may be overwhelmed by keeping too many animals to know, “Your local shelter or humane society is a safety net.” She suspects the latest group of dogs may have been dumped overnight at the lot.
Visiting hours at the kennels are listed on the humane society’s website […]