Severly Abused Dogs & Puppies Land at Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center

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Luther when he first came in.

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Lonnie when he first came in.

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Comment on photo from SPARC: Luther before and after. He and brother Lonnie were caked in dried blood and feces. We speculate that he and his brother were still nursing from mom, Lola, and seeking comfort and protection from her. Lola was suffering severe blood loss and deep bites to her leg. Was she injured trying to protect her puppies? Look how relaxed Luther looks after a little TLC. SPARC staff and volunteers will continue to shower them all with love, good food, clean water, warm blankets, vet care and we will watch them ALL blossom…together. Meet them all and watch their progress here…and thank you to everyone who supports their long journey…home.

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UPDATE: Lola is in surgery for her injured leg and to close multiple wounds. She was in shock from blood loss.

All photos and newspaper and TV reporting of these severely abused dogs can be found at:


Santa Paula Police Dept. Press Release

Santa Paula PD press release

Press Release

On 03/11/14, Santa Paula Animal Control was dispatched to a call of 4 to 5 dogs being mauled in the backyard of a residence in the 500 block of N.14th Street. Upon arrival, there was an obvious sounds of what appeared to be a dog fight to the rear of a residence. Santa Paula Animal Control Officer separated the dogs and requested the assistance of Santa Paula Police Officers. Several dogs were found injured to the rear of the residence. With the assistance of the Ventura County Animal Control and the Humane Society, a total of 16 dogs were removed from the property.
Evidence of dog breeding was located on the property as well as evidence of dogs being trained to fight including an agitator stick, cropped ears and clipped tails on the dogs, and various stages of wounds healing on the dogs. At this time no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The owner denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
Update: The suspect is identified as Silvano Moses Duran, 28 years old of Santa Paula.
Current Charges: Penal Code 597(a), Additional Charges Pending Investigation.

About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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73 Responses to Severly Abused Dogs & Puppies Land at Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center

  1. tazzielove says:

    I hope they throw the perps in jail!

  2. Those poor dogs! I hope they are all okay and will find loving homes. We have had several dogs from similar situations at our Humane Society; they are such sweet, loving, dogs, in spite of their being abused and mistreated. I hope the owners do some hard time.

    • They are under criminal investigation hold but once that is lifted and they are physically stable there are several people already asking about adopting them. Looks like the puppies are doing fine. Lola, the mom is healing. SPARC has excellent support and vets. Unless there’s a complication from surgery (infection, etc) they should all make it to loving homes.

      Agree about the perps.

      • That’s good to hear! People amaze me in how they are willing to step in to take on abused and neglected animals. The same happens here. When we had a severe hoarding case here a few years back, people were lined up around the block to adopt the dogs and birds. That more than makes up for the jerks who use dogs for fighting and who knows what.

      • So true, Ruth. There are a lot of great people all around the world helping to make a big difference. My hat’s off to all of them with much gratitude. Thank you for all you and your shelter do.

  3. Poor sweet angels! Protect them, please!
    A big hug, Sis.

  4. Oh my. I’m so glad the dogs were rescued. The people involved- I really hope get their dues. Pay back as they say is a b—-!.

  5. Clowie says:

    I’m glad they were rescued and I hope their wounds heal up well.
    Encouraging any animal to fight to entertain humans is barbaric.

  6. 68ghia says:

    This is just sad P. Over the weekend, I heard a so-called dog expert tell somebody that if they want to have kid sometime in the future, they should think twice when getting a pitt.
    an animal is only as good as it’s owner allows it to be. any animal.
    I hope both the pups and their mom get healed and that the bastard that would let this happen gets some kind of sentence!!

  7. Ouch. It breaks my heart to hear anyone mistreating, abusing or ignoring any animal. Animals are more humane to each other than people. The human race sure can be disgusting.
    Glad to see the two rescued dogs are on the mend. 🙂

  8. paws2smile says:

    Awwwww! 😦 So sad but glad they are in good care now. Such sweet pups…

  9. Jean-Jacques says:

    Most difficult to click on like for this post, because when we see the pictures of these poor suffering creatures, all one can think of is revenge on the responsible people who can allow the infliction of such unmitigated heartless and punishing savagery. How sad!

  10. I’m not very good at turning the other cheek when it comes to people hurting animals….
    I feel quite barbaric towards them and would like to have them turned back to the era of the Roman empire and forced to fight each other under the eyes of people as merciless as themselves.

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  12. natuurfreak says:

    Poor dogs but thanks at the good people who help this victims. Hope every dog will be better.

  13. cindy knoke says:

    Oh God, it makes me feel sick Paulette. Those puppies are beyond precious. Please keep us posted on how Lola is doing. I hope she pulls through. Are the owners going to jail? I sincerely hope so. Paulette no words for what you are doing.

    • Here’s the latest update from SPARC:
      One of our board members visited the vets and Leon and Lola at Ohana Veterinary Hospital this morning. Both dogs continue to recover, but are in a significant amount of pain. They will remain in the hospital to manage their pain and because Lola needs her wounds redressed frequently. The vets are concerned about the condition of her leg and the several “cut like” wounds on it. When they opened the kennel to look at Leon, he immediately rolled over onto his back, a sign of abject submission. We are so appreciative of the wonderful care they are receiving and for the generous outpouring of support from our donors and supporters. We look forward to the day when they can come back to SPARC and continue to be showered with the love and attention they deserve. If you would be able to donate toward their continued care, you can do so via PayPal on our website, via Razoo at the tab above or checks can be brought or mailed to the facility directly. We will be posting pictures and updates on the rest of the pack later in the day. Stay tuned…and SHARE! Thank you.

  14. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, I love you to death, but I couldn’t hit the like button for this post. I was sickened, I was repulsed and I was as made as (you choose the word). But knowing you made the pain a touch less, because I know you are one that steps in and helps these animals, gets them healthy again, get them to trust humans again, and finally find them a new home where they are loved. Thank you so so very much, you are a very special person. Love Bill

    • I know what you mean about that like button. There’s not much to like about this situation outside of all the wonderful people helping to make a difference. The incredible volunteers and SPARC staff in the trenches with these beautiful dogs are the heroes. Your and other wonderful cyber friends who wish them all well do make a difference in this world as well. You are my very special friend. Love Paulette

  15. BeWithUs says:

    (╬ ಠ益ಠ) Gosh! I don’t really understand why people keep wanting to abuse animals??

    May these lovely souls find a home of their own in the days ahead!

  16. FreeRangeCow says:

    I think my heart just broke.

  17. Littlesundog says:

    Poor, sweet bugs… I just don’t understand this world sometimes. I hope that kindness and love prevails and these soulful pups find homes of compassion and healing.

    • They’re on their way to just that. There’s been a tremendous outpouring of people wanting to help and asking about when they’ll be ready for adoption. The only thing holding up the puppies is the hold on them because it’s a criminal case. While it’s being resolved they’re getting a ton of love. And, I’m sure they feel all the loving support flooding in from all over.

  18. Misaki says:

    That is so awful, those poor dogs xx

  19. It breaks my heart every time I hear of such dastardly behaviors of people. And yet they don’t pay for their crimes to the degree they should.

  20. Kev says:

    Poor things. I’m so glad they are being cared for.

  21. Jackie says:

    How awful! It breaks my heart to see what was done to them. I’m so glad they were rescued.

  22. jmsabbagh says:

    Painful to look at those faces .Whoever dose such an act is heartless.My regards. Jalal

  23. gpcox says:

    I can’t bear to look at these types of photos. For the humans – the punishment should fit the crime!!

  24. UPDATE ON LOLA & LEON from SPARCs page @

    Lola is stable and comfortable. Her appetite has improved but she is not urinating normally. The vets will revaluate the limb today. She may have to go back on IV fluids. We should get another report later in the day.

    LEON continues to improve and MAY be released to come back to SPARC this afternoon for recuperation.

  25. I “like” that you posted this, but it breaks my heart to know that these fine and noble friends are treated like common waste. When will all humans behave with simple humanity?

  26. sagedoyle says:

    How horrible, it infuriates me and devastates me. I cannot fathom how people can be cruel to animals. It’s baffling and sick.

  27. Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center
    2 hours ago near Camarillo, CA · Edited
    UPDATE – Day 6

    LOLA’S facial and oral wounds are healing well and are much improved this afternoon. Her leg wounds are slightly improved, responding to therapy. The plan is to transfer her back to Ohana tomorrow morning for ongoing wound management.

    LEON brought a breath of fresh air back with him and now the dog we presume to be his sister, Taryn, is coming out of her shell, following his lead. He continues to recover well.

    It looks like there was a male and a female puppy from sequential litters, with Lola in heat again when seized. A pair of 9 month olds, a pair of 3 months olds…and there WOULD have been another pregnancy had the police not intervened. We are not sure who the Dad’s were/are or if there are older dogs, also of the same momma…we have 10 males, 7 females total.

    Pit bulls generally have larger litters, so if there were only 2 pups left on site, someone did something with the other 7 or so puppies from each of the litters. Hmmmmmm…

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  29. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Reblogged this on Lost Creek Publishing.

    • Thanks so much for this one Kerry. It’s helping to shine a light on a very dark situation with animal abuse, dogs being trained to fight to make money for their owners. The dogs are all at SPARC now, cept momma Lola (who is recovering at a hospital) and the criminal case is moving forward.

  30. CrazyAlice says:

    So sad… 😦

    • Yes, it is very sad. Turns my stomach what was done to these beautiful dogs. Thankfully, they have all (all 17) been rescued and are with a compassionate no-kill shelter awaiting the criminal case to go forward so they can be adopted. Thousands of people from all over the world have been sending prayers and support, like this from you. I’m sure the dogs, with their incredible intelligence, feel it. Thank you!

  31. kanzensakura says:

    I think of that scene in Billy Jack when he says, somethings make me so angry….but I am so thankful that some of these innocent creatures do make it to Santa Paula for the help and love they need and deserve. I wish the perpretators would truly get what they deserve….growl.

  32. beebeesworld says:

    There are some sick people in this world-whow ould treat any creature like this?

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