Officers with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services went to 54-year-old Deborah Sue Culwell's home on 3rd Street in Coachella on Monday to take her into custody. The house was in a state of despair'. Several overweight dogs were seen in the photos living amid peeling floors and furniture that had been destroyed in Culwell's house. The animals were taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. Authorities are trying to determine which - if any - is the mother of the puppies, believed to be terrier mixes, to see whether they can reunite the canine family.
"There is no excuse for dumping puppies", Chris added.
"Most of the dogs appeared to be in somewhat healthy condition, but some were aggressive or fearful", John Welsh, of Riverside County Animal Services, said in a news release.
She drove up to a row of dumpsters outside an auto-parts store in Coachella, California, and hopped out with a plastic bag.
Officials released the footage on Friday in an attempt to identify a suspect.
"The bag being tied shut on a day where temperatures were in the mid-90s in Coachella - the likelihood that those pups would've survived if not for that passerby would've been impossible, if not for that person recognizing that something was wrong", he says. "His actions were humane and heroic". "For the women who dumped them, charge her with counts of animal cruelty for each puppy", a third said. An employee at the store then contacted animal services, and authorities learned the bag contained seven puppies.
Mayer also condemned Culwell's alleged behavior as "despicable". "There's clearly not a level of intelligence that's going to be used if you're going to toss animals".
The puppies all survived the incident and are now being cared for by a rescue shelter in Orange County. The rescued dog are now not available for adoption because they are considered "confiscated animals".