No Dog Left Behind At Bakersfield Fairgrounds

A large number of dogs have been rescued from euthanization. Photo Credit: The Dog Spot

A large number of dogs have been rescued from euthanization. Photo Credit: The Dog Spot

 Adrianne Gallatin, Global Animal

Nearly every animal rescued in January from an animal hoarder in Bakersfield, California, has been placed in permanent or temporary care by rescue groups and adoption drives. However, as of February 9, 30 dogs were still destined for the pound, and ultimately euthanasia. 

Global Animal Foundation is proud to announce the pledge of $2,000 to Kate Montgomery and The Dog Spot Rescue. GAF and The Dog Spot want to make sure not one animal rescued from this terrible situation is left behind. 

When rescue turns to hoarding

No one could catch Perry the Terrier, until he fell in love with Lynn (right). She trained him, nursed him back to health, and found him a new home with a woman who needed a companion just as badly as he did. Photo Credit: The Dog Spot

In January, 180 dogs were rescued from an animal rescuer that turned animal hoarder outside of Bakersfield. Duain Preitz called officials asking for help with around 100 animals after his rescue organization was under threat of eviction. Police arrested Preitz on suspicion of felony animal cruelty after officials found not 100 animals, but a compound full of 215 live animals, most of them dogs, but also including cats, horses, ducks, chickens, and a pig. An undisclosed number of animals were already deceased, and many of the live animals were not far behind.

This story is sad. It’s maddening and frustrating, but what happened afterwards is amazing. 

The United States Humane Society and the Bakersfield SPCA, along with countless volunteers and rescue organizations, set up a makeshift shelter at the Kern County Fairgrounds to relocate the dogs. They then began the long process of nursing these dogs back from all manner of deteriorated states. The dogs suffered from neglect, dehydration, malnutrition, illness, and injury. Many of them were balding from mange and other skin conditions. Some of the female dogs were pregnant and in need of immediate medical attention. 

Paisley was found bald, oozing from sores, and itchy from mites and ear infections. She is now in the Dog Spot Rescue program and is receiving the medical treatment she needs. Her personality is turning out to be as loving and friendly as can be. Photo Credit: The Dog Spot

Putting a pin in your own life to save another

At the pop-up rescue shelter, HSUS volunteers fed, watered, cleaned, vetted and snuggled the dogs daily. They were able to make sure each dog got a walk twice a day.

Every single dog rescued from Bakersfield got the medical treatment and love they needed, funded by the HSUS, numerous rescue groups, and from the volunteers’ own pockets.

Al and Lynn Frishmann, transporters who work with Animal Friends Rescue Project, not only responded and cared for these dogs at the Fairgrounds, but they also drove 45 dogs and one cat on January 24th out of the Fairgrounds and hundreds of miles to the waiting arms of rescues.

One Kern County Animal Shelter supervisor visited the shelter almost every night until almost midnight walking and socializing with the dogs. 

Kate Montgomery, founder of The Dog Spot Rescue, has been working endlessly trying to find homes or rescue shelters for every single dog at the Kern Country Fair Grounds. Through adoption drives and collaboration with other rescue groups, she has done some amazing work. “My goal is to not leave anyone behind. These were someone’s pets once. They deserve our concern and a second chance for a home and a heart to call their own.”


Time runs out, and things look dim

Money, time, and energy began to run low in February. HSUS pulled out of the fairgrounds, and the shelter was turned over to volunteers.

The makeshift shelter is clearing out, and because of The Dog Spot and Global Animal no dogs will go to the pound. Photo Credit: The Dog Spot

“The effort [these volunteers] have put out to save these dogs (and cats) was nothing short of heroic giving hours and hours of off time to the cause. It is unimaginable the time and care they have put in but sadly it is coming to an end. They cannot continue, as they are wearing down and out. There is no one else who can care for the dogs in Kern County or at the Fairgrounds.” — Kate Montgomery (Founder, The Dog Spot)

Even the dogs already in rescue shelters need our help. They need food and supplies until they find homes. Photo Credit: The Dog Spot

As of Wednesday, February 8, the last of the spoken-for dogs were transported by The Dog Spot and other volunteers to their respective rescue organizations, some hundreds of miles away. After a long month of hard work, there were still around 35 dogs left, all large, with no place to go except the Kern County pound.

A lot of the dogs left looking for temporary or permanent homes have immune systems that can’t handle a shelter environment, which puts them at the top of the list for euthanasia, especially in animal shelters that already house 400-500 dogs at a time. While relocation to a shelter does not guarantee immediate euthanasia, the threat is real and inevitable. 

In a brief respite of good luck, Kate found a boarder that would take in the last few dogs for a week, but even with a discounted price, she couldn’t afford it. The situation seemed hopeless and grim.

Global Animal won’t leave any dog behind

Kate Montgomery and The Dog Spot Rescue needed immediate help, and Global Animal was inspired by her heart and determination to help these dogs.

This mama came to Dog Spot starving and pregnant. She and her babies are rehabilitating with Dog Spot now, instead of on their way to the pound. Photo Credit: The Dog Spot

Because of the selflessness shown by Kate and The Dog Spot, because of her humbleness and her grace in always giving credit to everyone else involved, and because these dogs deserve not just a second chance, but a third and a fourth, the Global Animal Foundation pledged $2,000 to keep this last group of dogs from being euthanized.

$2,000 will pay for the remaining dogs to have boarding for one more week. Now Kate has more time to find rescue shelters or homes for these sweet little tail waggers. Global Animal wanted Kate to reach her goal—to leave no dog behind.

The $2,000 donation got the ball rolling, but there is still more work to do. These last few dogs need homes, and the dogs already placed in rescues need help too. The great organizations that have stepped up to help these animals need food, supplies, blankets and medicine. The vet helping The Dog Spot, the California Dog & Cat Hospital, needs supplies too. 



Global Animals, these animals need you and so do their human guardians. Please help by donating to Global Animal Foundation’s Bakersfield Hoarder Rescue Fund. All proceeds will be evenly distributed between every organization involved in this rescue operation. With your help we can make sure all of these animals find the loving forever homes they deserve.