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OC Animal Care Rescues 14 Dogs and Puppies

two puppies

On August 6, OC Animal Care responded to a parking lot where multiple dogs were confined in an unattended vehicle.  

Upon arrival, the Animal Care Officer immediately conducted a thorough investigation into the incident details and assessed the situation, including the substandard living conditions of the dogs and the high temperatures inside the vehicle in which they were confined. For the safety and welfare of the animals, the decision was made to remove all 14 dogs and transport them to OC Animal Care for emergency veterinary care. 

Once at the shelter, the dogs and puppies received immediate medical attention from the shelter's veterinary team. A thorough examination was completed for each pet, and an individualized treatment plan was developed for each dog.

Dog in vet clinic
Dog in vet clinic
Dog in vet clinic

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the OC Animal Care team, the first 12 of the rescued dogs, primarily Terrier, Chihuahua, and Pomeranian mixes, have completed their medical treatments, including spay/neuter, vaccinations, as well as microchipping and are ready to find their forever homes.  

OC Animal Care will host a special Littles on the Lawn adoption event on Wednesday, August 23, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., where potential adopters can engage with the dogs and partake in one-on-one meet and greet sessions. Adoption Ambassadors are prepared to assist by answering questions and providing information about specific pets. No appointments required

Adoptable puppies

For more information on ways the community can support the animals at the shelter, please visit Those interested in providing assistance to the shelter’s efforts in caring for pets in need can easily do so by viewing OC Animal Care’s Amazon Wishlist

As a reminder, pet owners should never leave pets unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked, as it only takes a few minutes for the temperature inside a car to become dangerous to pets. At 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 104 degrees after just 10 minutes and 114 degrees after 30 minutes, putting pets at risk. For more pet safety tips, please visit