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LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 130 dogs saved from a hoarder in California two weeks ago need to be saved again — but only rescue groups can save them now if there’s a chance for them to be pets someday.

Some dogs were euthanized for health reasons. The rest can only be released to rescues because of the extensive medical care and behavior work they need.

The dogs are at the Devore Animal Shelter, but only because other shelters and pet lovers pitched in two weeks ago and adopted every animal at the San Bernardino County shelter to make room.

KCAL9’s Tom Wait said some of the dogs were so malnourished they were eating dirt to survive. Others had broken bones and had to be put down.

“It’s really sad, no dog should ever be treated like that. They’re like family,” said one woman coming to adopt a dog.

Devore got the OK to release the dogs Friday. The dogs have to be moved to make room for other animals coming into the shelter. If not, they will be euthanized.

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