50 abused Chihuahuas seized in Livermore now up for adoption


LIVERMORE — Some 50 Chihuahuas, seized by authorities last month after they were found living in filthy conditions at a man’s home, have been given new bills of health and are in the process of being adopted, police said Friday.

The dogs were found inside a home in North Livermore after police became aware of their living conditions.

Police said conditions inside the home were filthy and that many of the dogs were found in crates with no food or water.

Animal services officers from Livermore and Pleasanton, along with a community service specialist from Livermore, determined that the man who owned the home was hoarding the dogs and was unable to care for them, authorities said.

Adoption and foster manager Emily Scholz holds up two 5-year-old Chihuahuas ready for adoption at at Valley Humane Society n Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The two dogs are part of 50 Chihuahuas seized by authorities last month after they were found living in filthy conditions at a man’s home in Livermore. The 50 dogs which are recently spayed and ready for adoption, were distributed in different shelters and fostered homes. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) 

The homeowner’s name was not released. Police said the case was under review by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

The dogs were ultimately transported to the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin. At the shelter, the dogs were vaccinated, had their nails trimmed and were placed in clean cages.

One dog needed emergency medical treatment; that animal has already been placed in a new home. None of the dogs have died, authorities said Friday.

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The dogs were taken in by several agencies to help the East County Animal Shelter with placement.

Fifteen dogs are at the Oakland Animal Shelter, 12 are at the the Dublin SPCA and approximately 10 are at the Valley Humane Society. Twelve dogs remain at the East County Animal Shelter.

Anyone interested in adopting one of the dogs or making a financial donation toward their care may call the East County Animal shelter at 925-803-7040, Oakland Animal Services at 510-535-5602, Dublin SPCA at 925-479-9670, and Valley Human Society at 925-426-8656.

Rescued Chihuahuas play at the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The dogs are part of a group of 50 Chihuahuas seized by authorities last month, after they were found living in filthy conditions at a home in Livermore. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Adoption and foster program assistant Sally Parsons holds up a 5-year-old Chihuahua ready for adoption at Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The dog is one of 50 Chihuahuas seized by authorities last month after they were found living in filthy conditions at a man’s home in Livermore. The 50 dogs which are recently spayed and ready for adoption, were distributed in different shelters and fostered homes. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Rescued Chihuahuas play at the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The dogs are part of a group of 50 Chihuahuas seized by authorities last month, after they were found living in filthy conditions at a home in Livermore. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Volunteer Karen Bolce holds up a 5-month-old Chihuahua ready for adoption at Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The dogs are part of a group of 50 Chihuahuas seized by authorities last month, after they were found living in filthy conditions at a home in Livermore. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Adoption and foster manager Emily Scholz, volunteers Cathlin de Rosa, Karen Bolce and program assistant Sally Parsons, from left, hold rescued Chihuahuas ready for adoption at Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The dogs are part of a group of 50 Chihuahuas seized by authorities last month, after they were found living in filthy conditions at a home in Livermore. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Rescued Chihuahuas play at the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. The dogs are part of a group of 50 Chihuahuas seized by authorities last month, after they were found living in filthy conditions at a home in Livermore. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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