City Attorney Dan McHugh and officials with Redlands Animal Shelter are hammering out a resolution with the rescue group which came forward to adopt the dogs and Denise Samano, the Redlands resident who claims that dogs are hers.
The terms of a resolution have been discussed internally, said city spokesman Carl Baker. He said he could not elaborate on them.
The dog - known as Lily or Beauty - was found roaming the streets in early December and was brought to the shelter to wait for her owner to claim her. She had no microchip or collar, officials said.
After several days passed with no one claiming the dog, volunteers worked to find a rescue for the dog and her impending family.
A rescue group in Oregon - which asked not to be named - stepped up but needed $500 to pay to transport and to further care for the dog and her litter.
Members of the shelter's volunteer organization - Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals, or REDFOSA - took to social-media sites and other means to search for donations.
Once enough money was raised, the rescue adopted Lily.
The dog was placed in foster care so it could give birth in a less stressful environment.
In the meantime, a REDFOSA volunteer posted a photo on Facebook to update people on her condition.
A friend of Samano's noticed the photo and informed her. Samano said she replied to the thread claiming the dog might be her pit bull, Beauty, who had gone missing on Nov. 29.
Samano said a shelter employee told her by phone that she didn't need to visit the shelter but that she should monitor the Pet Harbor website for updates.
Usually, because of overbreeding, pit bulls and Chihuahuas are the first to be euthanized at shelters to make room for other animals, said REDFOSA volunteer Agnes Ferrara.
It is also hard, she said, to find rescues for pit bulls, especially ones with litters.
Because Samano and the rescuer could not reach a compromise, police Lt. Travis Martinez, who oversees the shelter, sought McHugh's interpretation.
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