The Oakland Hills have become a dumping ground for dogs, according to a woman who has rescued more than 20 dogs from the area.
The East Bay SPCA also reports an uptick in dogs being brought to the shelter from the Oakland Hills.
"Barlow was hit by a car two days ago after being dumped and I'm not sure what's going to happen with him," local-resident Petrina said of one of the dogs brought to a shelter.
Petrina, who did not want to provide her last name, in the past six years has rescued 25 dogs, including five in the past three weeks, in the Oakland Hills. She also said the consequences of dogs being dumped in the area could be fatal.
"We have a pack of coyotes and an active mama mountain lion," Petrina said.
Allison Lindquist with the East Bay SPCA is aware of the problem.
"These dogs and cats are domesticated and rely on us for their care," Lindquist said.
Two dogs from the area were dropped off at the East Bay SPCA shelter on Thursday.
"We see lots of animals that tend to be dumped in that area by people who are misguided," Lindquist said.
Petrina admits that rescuing dogs is timely and costly, but said she will not give up.
"You're just driving down the road and you just see these dogs on the side of the road that are crying or injured, and I can't drive past them," she said.
Petrina has a GoFundMe page to help with some of the expenses.