County Rescuing Animals Threatened by Fires

Animal Control Officers with the County’s Department of Animal Services are continuing to rescue dozens of animals at the scene of the Ranchita area wildfires today.

The officers were dispatched yesterday, and with the help of partner groups and volunteers, have worked through the night to help residents evacuate their animals or to evacuate animals whose owners could not be found. So far, they’ve rescued at least 45 animals including horses, goats, llamas and other small animals.

Some media stations have erroneously advised the public to take their large animals to the Happy Heart Ranch in Warner Springs. People evacuating with large animals such as livestock and horses should take those animals to Creek Hollow Ranch in Ramona. The address is 25279 Creek Hollow Drive, Ramona, 92065. The nearest cross street is East Old Julian Highway. 

People evacuating with only small animals should go to the Red Cross shelter located at Warner Springs High School. The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA will provide pet supplies if needed.

If anyone needs help in evacuating their animals, contact the Department of Animal Services’ emergency dispatch at (619) 236-2341.

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Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact