THOUSAND OAKS (  —  The Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks is asking for the public to light candles and pray for a group of puppies they rescued last week from Bakersfield.

The group described the place where the puppies were rescued from as “a hell hole.”

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Originally, the group set out to rescue 10 puppies. By the time the group’s transporter arrived, they said three of the dogs were already dead — two killed by a neighbor’s dog and the third hit by a car.

Shelter Hope’s Kim Sill writes, “The situation for the surviving seven dogs was [also] dire.”

At least four of the puppies have been diagnosed with deadly Canine Parvovirus, fatal in more than 90 percent of cases.

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One of those four has already died, said Sill.

“We desperately need a miracle, so that is why we are asking for prayers, or a candle lit, while thinking of these precious, innocent souls, trying to cling to life,” said Sill.

The dogs are being cared for at Pet Care Center, a non-profit clinic in Los Angeles.

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