61 Dogs Rescued After Fire Burns Home in Riverside County

The dogs are all Shelties or Sheltie-mixes

Sixty-one dogs were rescued, and three people were displaced, when a fire burned through a single family home in Woodcrest Saturday, officials with the Riverside County Fire Department said.

Firefighters who responded to the scene reported smoke coming from the attic of the house in the 16400 block of Pick Place, authorities said. 

In all, 27 firefighters assisted in battling the blaze, according to officials. No injuries were reported.

The dogs, which are all Shelties or Sheltie-mixes, were turned over to Riverside County Animal Services by their owner.

John Welsh, a spokesman with the department, said the dogs were all in good health and had no behavioral problems.

Welsh added that the department was working with rescue partners to transfer the dogs and get them adopted.

Riverside municipal code requires a residence with five or more dogs apply for a kennel permit.


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Welsh told City News Service that animal control officials were familiar with the home, but it was unclear if the owner had been cited for having so many animals on the property.

Anyone interested in finding out about adopting any of the Shetland sheepdogs can visit the Riverside County Animal Services facility at 5851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley or call 951-358-7387.

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