AGUA DULCE – When you’ve already got 150 dogs, what’s a few dozen more? That was the feeling of Tia Torres-Cardella, who runs Villalobos Pit Bull Rescue in Agua Dulce when she got a call Sunday from Bobby Dorafshar, the owner of New Leash on Life pet rescue in Placerita Canyon. Dorafshar was on his second mission of mercy into the flood-ravaged Gulf Coast to rescue animals stranded by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. “He started the conversation with ‘Honey, before you say no,’ so how could I not help?” Torres-Cardella said. “First there were 80 pit bulls, then other groups took some and it went down to 35. So we were there at LAX Monday night, picking up all these dogs.” Her mountainside compound is lined with plastic cages in which the dogs traveled. Many are housed in a steel construction trailer, others against the shaded patio or in a utility van parked near the back door of Torres-Cardella’s house. Several resident dogs watched calmly as a handful of volunteers fetched bowls of water and dog food for the refugees. “Pits are the most resilient of breeds, they bounce right back. Give them a day and they’re ready to party,” she said. “The funny thing was when we got to the plane, we heard thump, thump, thump, all those tails wagging.” Most of the dogs are in good health, but a few have problems; a couple have curable ringworm, one is pregnant and another has skin infections from the toxic stew of the flood waters. The dogs came from an emergency animal evacuation center set up at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La., that stopped accepting animals last Friday and will close by Saturday. At one time, the center sheltered more than 5,000 animals. “They told me that whatever dogs don’t get taken to rescue will be turned over to the National Guard and who knows what will happen to them then,” Torres-Cardella said. The animals will be acclimated to California, examined by vets and cared for until their pictures can be posted online for a possible reunion with their owners. Torres Cardella said that pit bulls’ reputations might pose a roadblock in their adoption, but that the breed is actually very loving toward people – it’s other dogs that bring out their aggression. “I expect to hold on to them for awhile,” she said. “I still have a couple of rescues from Hurricane Charlie last year. I love the breed’s fiestiness and personalities. They are so forgiving of people.” If original owners cannot be located, potential new owners will be grilled about the environment they intend to provide the animal and how much they know about the pit bull breed. “These dogs have been through two hurricanes, a flood and a cross-country plane trip. That’s a stressful environment for them,” she said. “I don’t want bleeding hearts. They have to be willing to learn about the breed. Don’t just feel sorry for the dog.” The other 150 residents of her rescue were quiet in their cages behind the house, probably because of the human-dog interactions that continued through the late morning. “Do you want to go back to Louisiana?” Torres-Cardella barked at a howling dog near the trailer, reaching out to pet the dog after admonishing him. “We make them toe the line.” Owners looking for their pets or those looking to adopt a pit bull rescued from the hurricane area should log on to www.petfinder.com. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
KL Rahul’s unbeaten 101 to lead India to an eight-wicket win over England an take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.With the century Rahul became the second Indian to blast two T20I hundreds and after the match, he conceded that the drought of international hundreds was playing big time in his mind, which is why it “means the world” to him.”This is very satisfying. I have a few international hundreds, but this means the world to me. This is very special because the last international hundred I got was about two years ago,” Rahul told senior teammate Dinesh Karthik during an interview.The earlier century he was referring to was against England in a Test match — 199 in Chennai in 2016.Also read – KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav script India’s demolition over England in 1st T20IRahul admitted that it has been a rough road for him as far as his place in the limited overs squad is concerned.”I have been getting fifties in the IPL and Test matches, been in and out of the one-day team. It’s been a rough road in the last one, one-and-a-half years with injuries, going out. I haven’t chased anything this much, with so much heart and passion, so this innings means the world to me,” a beaming Rahul said.The common refrain among most international cricketers is that they don’t chase numbers but Rahul said that when the three-figure mark eludes a player, he values it even more.advertisementAlso read – India vs England: KL Rahul joins Rohit Sharma with second T20I hundred”Being out of form is getting out in single-digits, but that wasn’t happening. I was getting starts, I was batting well. Obviously a couple of injuries, going in and out of the team… not finding a spot after some time has always been tough.”So to get that opportunity and deliver, to get that three-figure mark – I’ve always said that I’ve not been somebody who has chased numbers, but when I wasn’t getting the three-figure mark, that’s when I really realised how important three figures was,” he added.Indian skipper Virat Kohli, was all praise for Rahul and explosive batting.Also read – Kuldeep Yadav reveals how he outfoxed England’s dangerous batting line-up”Rahul has come a long way; especially the way he’s been batting since the IPL and in that one game in Ireland – so clean and crisp. We want guys like him to step up. We don’t want to be one-dimensional, we want people going up and down the order,” Kohli said”He’s got a great technique, great temperament and is very hungry and today he was a bit emotional because the last century he scored was against England in Chennai and it’s been that long he’s been waiting for. It was a great century and a great sign for Indian cricket,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)