WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Police together with animal services officials are trying to find a woman who threw away a bag of 3-day-old puppies in a trash bin on Thursday in Coachella.
- The woman who will be arrested on grounds of animal cruelty was seen on surveillance videos on Thursday carrying a plastic bag and dumping the bag inside a trash bin.
- A passerby who happened to witness the incident called the county’s animal services to get the puppies; if not for the witness, the pups would have died in the heat.
The Riverside County animal control along with law enforcement officials are looking for a woman caught on surveillance videos throwing a bag of seven 3-day-old puppies behind an auto parts shop in Coachella on Thursday.
According to a press release from animal services officials on Friday, the video shows a woman dressed in a dark tank top and skirt and sporting long dark hair pulling up in a Jeep next to Napa Auto Parts store trash bin at 49251 Grapefruit Blvd a little bit after 1 p.m. The woman then walked towards a bin for recycling materials carrying a plastic bag, dropped the bag in then drove away.
A passerby who saw the incident contacted a store employee who then called the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, who later came to collect the pups, apparently of terrier mix breed. They were brought to MeoowzResQ, a Southern California kitten and cat rescue group that has partnered with animal services to foster and care for the puppies.
If the passerby had not stopped and found the puppies when he did, they would have died in the heat especially that temperatures in Coachella were in the mid-90s that Thursday. “His actions were humane and heroic,” said animal services Commander Chris Mayer.
Describing the woman’s actions as “despicable”, Mayer said that he and the department are working alongside Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office to find and arrest the woman on suspicion of animal cruelty.
“There is no excuse for dumping puppies, especially in today’s age where shelters are willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners,” Mayer said.
To anyone who has information regarding this incident, please call: Riverside County Animal Services at 951-358-7387.
Source: USA Today