80 dogs find shelter and care at Agua Dulce animal sanctuary.
Big, small, long haired, short haired, it doesn’t matter; since 2000, the Brittany Foundation in Agua Dulce has become home to many different kinds of canines. “We have dogs that were rescued from a number of places. Some are from the Baldwin incident in 2002, and others are from both county and city shelters,” says founder Nancy Anderson.
The Baldwin incident took place back in the fall of 2002, when 72 year-old Acton resident Emma Regina Harter was caught with over 200 Chihuahuas and about 60 birds in her 3 bedroom apartment. Feces covered the carpet and bloated ticks smeared blood on the walls. The dogs were found living in the walls, and a dead chicken was found under the couch. Harter, a retired school cafeteria manager, was a dog breeder, and has since then been charged with six counts of animal abuse, including two felony cruelty charges, and one count of battering an officer.
But even after the woman’s conviction, the dogs are still trying to recover. “Most of them are terrified of humans. Many had to be put down because of their terrible health, but the ones we saved are still struggling to heal. Because of this, most are unavailable for adoption,” says Anderson. These dogs may stay at the Brittany Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Click here to sponsor one of these dogs.
Some of the other rescued animals were taken out of shelters, so that they might have a second chance at life. Anderson said that about one-third are large breeds, while three quarters are medium or small dogs. Anderson also said that the Foundation is open for adoptions every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. “We’re here so that we can place these dogs in a nice home. Some people come here and say they want a puppy, but the dogs we have aren’t puppies and some have special needs. Yet, we know that there are people out there that will give these dogs a home.”Anderson also said the Foundation’s name has significance. “The Brittany Foundation was named after my Yorkshire Terrier Brittany, who died in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. I had been thinking about doing something like this, and when we finally got it started, I named it after her, in her memory.”
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