Wow: ‘Remarkable Recovery’ of Emaciated Pit Bulls at Downey Shelter

starving dogs pico rivera

Earlier this month, an emaciated Pit Bull mama and her three starving puppies were seized from the backyard of their Pico Rivera, Calif., home after the photo above was posted by Janette Gonzalez on Facebook. A friend of hers took the picture and alerted her to the starving dogs.

The mother, her puppies and five other dogs were taken to the high-kill Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) shelter in Downey, Calif., where officials said they would be held as evidence during an animal cruelty investigation. The shelter refused to release the dogs to rescue organizations.

Just three weeks later, while the investigation continues, all the dogs have been rehabilitated and are now ready for adoption, KDOC reports.

recovery of emaciated dogs at Downey shelter

Shelter workers have named the mom and her pups Pee Wee, Darla, Alfalfa and Spanky.

“Compared to the condition that we found them in, compared to now, it’s wonderful to see such an improvement,” Denise Woodside of SEAACA told KDOC.

rehabilitated emaciated dogs at downey shelter

“These dogs have made a remarkable recovery. They’re very loving, as you can see. They love to play. They’re full of energy and looking for wonderful families to give them great new beginnings.”

The miracle dogs are available at the SEAACA shelter, located at 9777 Seaaca St., Downey. The phone number is 562-803-3301.

Photos via Facebook

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!