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AVAS Celebrates Increased Live Animal Release Rates

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APPLE VALLEY:(VVNG.com)- Results are in from the Local Rabies Control Activities Annual Report and Apple Valley Animal Services has reason to celebrate. The 2013 Annual Report confirms that live animal rates are up over 7% from 2012. Live animal rates include live release statistics for dogs and cats that are returned-to-owners, adopted or rescued, and live holds still at the shelter entering the new calendar year. Even more impressive is a 9% increase in dog adoptions and return-to-owners.

“In 2013, the Town of Apple Valley began providing animal sheltering services to the County of San Bernardino, which increased our live intake of cats and dogs. We are pleased with the positive results and will continue to provide programs that increase live release rates and reduce euthanasia,” said Gina Schwin-Whiteside, Animal Services Manager.

The Town Council recently approved a Trap-Neuter-Release program in an effort to reduce stray cat populations in the community and cats being turned into the shelter. Reducing stray cat populations is a priority for the Town and they will continue to offer spay/neuter assistance and reduced adoption fees for cats. The goal is to improve live release statistics for all cats coming into the shelter.

Apple Valley Animal Services and other cities in the High Desert region submit calendar year statistics for a countywide report to the California Department of Public Health. The report provides verification that local jurisdictions are complying with the California Rabies Control Program. Rabies control programs include an animal shelter system, animal bite reporting and investigations, stray animal control, animal rabies case investigations, quarantine of biting dogs and cats, quarantine of domestic animals potentially exposed to rabies, and other activities. Regulations require every dog over the age of four months to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed. Dogs under four months of age must be confined at home or kept under close leash supervision by their owners.

The euthanasia rate for dogs has dropped to 38% at the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter. “The live release rates for cats are still a major concern for staff,” said Whiteside. “Adoption fees have been lowered for cats during the month of July to encourage their placement into permanent loving homes.” Compared to other cities in the High Desert region, Apple Valley has the lowest euthanasia rate for dogs and cats combined.

Anyone interested in adopting an animal can visit the Town’s Municipal Animal Shelter at 22131 Powhatan Road, Tuesday – Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Cat adoptions for the month of July are $20. Additional information is available at (760) 240-7000 Ext. 7555.

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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