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Please DON'T KILL MORE Devore!

--Read about the Devore beating reported by workers by a uniformed dog-catcher still working there
--Brian Cronin vows to keep cages full in defiance of our petition AND  continue killing
--PICTURES OF DEVORE sent to the San Bernardino County Supervisors

Cronin received world-wide criticism March, 2006 when he returned a Collie set on fire  just days earlier, back to the home where she was abused.

He claims to be a licensed dog catcher with a tech license that allows him to legally kill animals. We couldn't verify this.

On 5/11/06 he stopped us from rescuing 20+ animals from Devore.


Director, Animal Control
Brian Cronin - Mr. Cruel

He has limited us from rescuing at Devore since he read our petition.

He told us 5/11/06: "You told us you don't like empty cages so we are going to keep them filled."

"We are going to be stricter on rescues". (No indication he is restricting those who don't criticize him.)

Read about Cronin's TURBO KILL

If you have seen something at a San Bernardino pound
that you think we should know about, please email us.

What makes Devore pound in Southern California one of the deadliest places of all is the administration's practice of killing dogs and cats daily---EVEN WHEN 1/2 THE CAGES ARE EMPTY.

Many people believe that pound killing is necessary because there is not enough room for animals. But that isn't the case at Devore.

The animals are NOT killed for lack of space. And they are NOT killed for illness or aggression in most cases. They are killed based on the administration's schedule.

This rescuer has taken more than one dozen animals per load out of Devore. Each time there were empty cages prior to taking the animals. Despite all the additional room after the rescue effort, the supervisor still insisted on meeting his personal "kill quota" for the day, making animals pay with their lives. On one occasion I counted 28 empty dog cages and 30 empty cat cages, yet on that day at least 30 animals were killed and dumped in barrels. When I asked him why he killed with so many empty cages available he said, "You know that's not how it works here." Recently I took a dozen animals to make room for more. But someone had the audacity to walk the huge blue barrel of death right in front of me so I could see all those bodies freshly killed. Cute dogs. Adoptable dogs. Dogs that could have had a different ending with just a little more time.

Individuals who worked at Devore 5 days a week for months, contacted me with numerous complaints. They told me indiscriminate killing with empty cages is a daily occurrence. They said it was the most depressing part of being there. It is estimated that the majority of dogs killed are caged from 4-10 days before they meet their fate. No, these are NOT dogs that walk circles. They are not crazed and no longer placeable. These are dogs that have the strongest possible will for life, freedom and love. It brought tears to my eyes to hear the workers describe the last minutes of these doomed dogs. They told how excited they are to be let out of their cages. Excited, that is,  until they approach a room with a pile of dead dogs. The minute they sense the carcasses, they start fighting fiercely for their lives. Many are unmercifully dragged into the "doom room" screaming. There they are literally wrestled to their death.

Some speculate the killing goes on because it is cheaper and easier to manage a pound with a lower population. Others say it is to keep the staff content. A Devore supervisor admitted in a 2005 public Council meeting that the quick killing is for the benefit of the staff - they don't like hearing the animals cry.

The pound is managed by San Bernardino County. This is the same County that ran Rancho Cucamonga's shelter for nine years and then was fired and publicly censured by the City Counsel for failing to provide rudimentary care to the City's animals. Every Counsel member started out skeptical of the accusations raised by animal advocates. But after their own independent investigation, they unanimously concluded there were violations of law and improper treatment of animals.

An animal attorney who co-authored the Hayden Act - law that regulates shelters in the State - believes Devore's practices are violations of California law and has indicated an intention to file a lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

Some of us rescues have broken our backs and wallets to take out animals to leave space so others can live, only to find out the killing continues ANYWAY!

We contacted all the officials on the list below regarding our Petition and to date have not heard from one. Immediately after the October dog beating at Devore we contacted many people, including the Sheriff, pound officials, newspapers, attorneys, and no one took remedial action that we are aware of. We complained over a year ago about almost-weekly animal thefts at Devore to several officials including Paul Biane, Supervisor of the Devore district, who never acknowledged our phone messages and fax.

This is why YOUR HELP is needed - to show officials that the public DOES CARE about these helpless, incarcerated animals with NO VOICE but the one YOU give them.

What can YOU do? First, please SIGN OUR PETITION:
If you have no other time than a moment, please sign and use your name so the public can see a real person supports this cause.

Also read more of the details: Devore Director, "Mr Cruel"        The Petition  
Pictures of Devore Abuse       The Dog Beating      Meet the San Bernardino Officials

Finally, ask the officials listed below to STOP VIOLATING THE LAW and KILLING ANIMALS WITH EMPTY CAGES.

You can copy the email addresses directly below all at once to enter into your email OR
click on the links in each box, one by one. Email, phone and fax everyone to help dying cats, kittens, puppies and dogs DYING FOR NO REASON! If you e-mail a particular official, please also fax and call him or her.

                    See who the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is HERE.;;;;;;;;;;;

Gary Penrod, Sheriff
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
655 E. Third St.
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0061
909-387-3402 (fax)
Ask the Sheriff why he took NO action against the uniformed employee that a worker reportedly saw beat and kick a little dog until blood spewed out of his head and mouth and over every direction of the cage.

His deputies saw all the blood and the condition of the dog right after the beating (we saw it too and called them!)

Supervisor Paul Biane
Board of Supervisors, SB County
Rancho Cucamonga
8303 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
PHONE: 909-945-4297
PHONE: 909-387-4833
FAX: 909-387-3265
FAX: 909-945-4037

Paul Biane has NOT been responsive to animal issues including the weekly thefts of animals at Devore and the allegations of mistreatment of animals at Rancho Cucamonga that were only solved when the City fired the County.

He is directly responsible for the Devore district.

James Felten, Director
Department of Public Health
351 Mountain View Ave., Rm. 303
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0010
PHONE: 909-387-9146
FAX: 909-387-6228
Head of the entire Animal Control Services Dept.

Dan Avera, Division Chief
Department of Public Health
351 Mountain View Ave., Rm. 303
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0010
PHONE: 909-387-9146
FAX: 909-387-6228
Under Felton, over Cronin
Division Chief, Animal Control Services

Avera was specifically censured by the City Counsel of Rancho Cucamonga for being indifferent as to the needs of their animals.


Brian Cronin, Director
Animal Control Services
606 East Mill Street
San Bernardino, CA 92414-0003
This address until approx 6/4/06.
After that same as Avera's
PHONE: 800- 472-5609
PHONE: 909-891-3851
PHONE: 909-891-3850

Brian Cronin, Director of Animal Service
for San Bernardino County
Newly appointed


Mark Scina , Supervisor
Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
Devore, CA 92407
FAX: 909-919-2698

The main supervisor of Devore.
Despite numerous complaints, his managers have allowed him to stay.

Supervisor Bill Postmus
Board of Supervisors, SB County
PHONE: 760-955-5400
PHONE: 909-387-4830
FAX: 760-955-5410
FAX: 909-387-3029

Member of the County Board of Supervisors with the power to act as a body to change Devore

Supervisor Dennis Hansberger
Board of Supervisors, SB County
PHONE: 909-387-4855
FAX: 909-387-3018

Member of the County Board of Supervisors with the power to act as a body to change Devore

Supervisor Gary Ovitt
Board of Supervisors, SB County
PHONE: 909-387-4866
PHONE: 909-465-1895
FAX: 909-628-4527
FAX: 909-387-8903

Member of the County Board of Supervisors with the power to act as a body to change Devore

Supervisor Josie Gonzales
Board of Supervisors, SB County
PHONE: 909-387-4565
FAX: 909-387-5392
Member of the County Board of Supervisors with the power to act as a body to change Devore
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of the State of California

Doug Smith
PHONE: 909-891-3850
FAX: 909-891-3860

Investigator for San Bernardino Animal Control who spoke with the supervisor after the beating. A worker alleged he may have counseled him regarding the incident.

Devore Director, "Mr Cruel"       The Petition         Pictures of Devore Abuse       The Dog Beating   


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