March 19, 2021, Ontario, CA – Several dozen animals impacted by the recent explosion in Ontario, CA, are being provided medical care or temporary housing by the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. (IVHS). IVHS Humane Officers and Investigators responded to the fatal explosion caused by thousands of fireworks on Tuesday, March 16th, alongside the Ontario Police and Fire Departments to provide assistance to the animals in the affected area.

The rescued animals so far include several dogs, 13 turtles, approximately 30 birds of multiple species, and a variety of livestock. Both horses that had been trapped in by a fire have been assessed and are receiving medical attention for their injuries, including a potentially broken jaw. Of the livestock, a young goat that was found in distress with food lodged in its throat, was given a suction treatment to clear its airways and is now on a regulated bottle-feeding schedule.

As evacuated properties are deemed safe for entry by IVHS, Humane Officers are working diligently to care for animals residing in those properties to provide them with food, water and necessary care. Efforts to locate missing pets and provide care for injured/lost pets will continue. IVHS will also continue providing temporary sheltering for the dogs whose owners have been evacuated from their homes.

IVHS staff will continue to evaluate found animals for trauma. Animals in the care of our organization will be monitored and rehabilitated as needed. The shelter is accepting monetary donations to assist in its emergency response operations and medical care for the animals below.


The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to providing protection, shelter and medical care to abandoned and injured animals of our community. For more information, contact IVHS at info@ivhsspca.org or by phone at 909-623-9777.

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