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SPCA seizes 135 neglected animals from Orange Cove no-kill shelter

One of the dogs confiscated from Noah’s Friends Animal Sanctuary in Orange Cove. In all, 135 animals were taken.
One of the dogs confiscated from Noah’s Friends Animal Sanctuary in Orange Cove. In all, 135 animals were taken. Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized 132 dogs and three cats from an Orange Cove no-kill animal shelter after it found the animals were severely neglected. The CCSPCA has recommended charges to the Fresno County District Attorney’s office.

CCSPCA spokesman Walter Salvari said the society was acting on a tip when it visited Noah’s Friends Animal Sanctuary. Many of the dogs found there were malnourished and infested with parasites. They were living in small crates with no food or water, and some likely have contracted diseases from these conditions.

Veterinary staff is currently examining each animal. They will receive immediate medical treatment if needed, but the CCSPCA is asking for help in paying for their care given the high number of animals coming in all at once. Many will require weeks of treatment and would likely recover better in foster care, Salvari added.

Donations can be made through ccspca.com or mailed to the CCSPCA at 103 S. Hughes Ave., Fresno, California 93706. Volunteers or potential foster parents should inquire at that address.

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