Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Puppies and dogs given up by hoarder looking for new lives in the Bay Area

By Jeanine Benca

PLEASANTON -- A horde of husky-mix dogs has been taken in by the Valley Humane Society after being removed Monday from a Sacramento-area home during the filming of a TV show about animal hoarding.

Valley Humane Society officials hope to find families for the 10 dogs, which range in age from 3 months to 4 years. The animals are being kept in the Valley Humane Society's new, not-yet-opened-to-the-public education and adoption center, said Steve Glavan, the shelter's executive director.

The TV show is Animal Planet's "Confessions: Animal Hoarding" program.

Show producers first contacted the Valley Humane Society last week.

"We wanted to work with a no-kill shelter with a strong reputation for animal care and placement and Valley Humane came highly recommended," Jereme Watt, producer for the Animal Planet program, said in a statement.

Though many of the situations depicted on the popular program involve pet hoarders who are adverse to parting with their animals, this case was different.

"This was neither a law enforcement nor an uninvited situation. It was very voluntary," Glavan said. "It was a situation where the individual himself had asked for assistance" finding homes for his pets..." More

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