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Action Specifically Planned to Ensure Safe Halloween

Animal control officers conducted an early-morning sweep in the North Shore area this morning and captured almost three dozen loose dogs.

This area has been known for lots of stray, roaming dogs and some high-profile attacks. The sweep was specifically set up for this morning (Oct. 29) to ensure public safety, especially for youngsters as they ready for trick-or-treat treks.

“Many of us our parents of young children and we would hate to see a child injured by a stray dog during Halloween fun,” Commander Chris Mayer said. “That’s why this sweep was critical prior to Halloween.”

Riverside County’s officers captured 34 roaming dogs, including four large, aggressive dogs. Many of the dogs were smaller, but those smaller breeds are also known for biting – and eluding capture, said Lt. Luis Rosa, who coordinated the sweep.

In addition to the 34 dog impounds, officers issued 15 citations to owners for various infractions. Some of those citations were for those owners failing to license their dog and failing to provide a current rabies vaccination.

“I am proud of the work of our officers today and this was a great service to our residents in the North Shore area,” said Dr. Allan Drusys, Riverside County Animal Services’ director and the county’s chief veterinarian.“But owners, too, bear great responsibility to keep their pets secured to help make neighborhoods safer.”

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Western Riverside: (951) 358-7387 (PETS)
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