Virulent Newcastle Disease Update from State Veterinarian

This week brings some good news and, unfortunately, some disappointing news, as well. The regional quarantine is still in effect. For a list of virulent Newcastle disease cases since the outbreak began in May 2018, visit the USDA VND website.
Animal Care Technicians Rachel  Schafer-Left-And-Marisa Sanabria-Right-Cuddle Two Terriers From Hot Car

Two Terriers Immediately Available for Adoption

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014 – The owner of two dogs left inside a hot car on Monday afternoon in Indio relinquished the dogs to Riverside County Animal Services.

The two terriers, a female with a fluffy white coat and the other, a male, with a shorter, curly, black coat, are now immediately available for adoption. Simba is the female and Scar is the male.

The unaltered, 9-month-old dogs are being cared for at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. The dogs’ adoptions fees are $105 each, which includes their spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and microchips. Riverside County Animal Services wants prospective adopters to understand that the dogs should be adopted as a package deal to keep them together. Shelter employees reserve the right to screen potential adopters.

Dog licenses will also be required if the adopter lives within Riverside County Animal Services’ jurisdiction. Dog licenses for altered dogs are $16 in county areas.

On Monday afternoon, we put out a news alert about the dogs being left inside a car outside a court building in Indio. The owner of the dogs was cited and the relinquishment of the dogs does not void that infraction. That original alert is below:


Deputy Smashes Car Window; Animal Services Officer Takes Dog to Veterinary Hospital

MAY 19, 2014, INDIO – A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy smashed a car’s window to allow Riverside County Animal

Services to retrieve two small dogs inside a car parked outside a county court building in Indio.

Animal control officers stood by as the window was broken and the officers rushed the two terrier mixes to a nearby veterinary hospital. The temperature inside the Smart car measured 134 degrees.

The dogs’ conditions are uncertain at this time. Animal Control Officer Gerald Duchene said the dogs were offered water and they drank immediately. The incident happened at about 2:15 p.m. at the Larson Justice Center, 46-200 Oasis St. in Indio.

Temperatures in the Coachella Valley were nearing the triple-digit mark at the time of this incident. It is unlawful to leave an animal inside a vehicle unattended, motor vehicle under conditions that could endanger the health of an animal due to heat, or cold, or lack of adequate ventilation.

“Anyone in their right mind should know that you don’t leave an animal in a car on a day like today,” Riverside County Animal Services Commander Rita Gutierrez said.

Contact a Shelter

Western Riverside: (951) 358-7387 (PETS)
San Jacinto: (951) 358-7387
Coachella Valley: (760) 343-3644
Blythe: (760) 921-7857

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