Riverside County Animal Services assisted the Riverside County Sheriff's Department this morning after a gang task unit and other special enforcement teams served warrants at properties in Indio and Palm Desert. A link to the sheriff's news release is below.
Our role was related to 25 dogs at the property and, since several arrests were being made, deputies wanted to ensure the safety of the animals. Also, many of the dogs appeared to be neglected.
Animal control officers impounded 18 dogs, including 11 French bulldogs. Of those, five are puppies. Five Chihuahuas were also impounded, including three pups. Finally, one Shih Tzu and one English bulldog rounded out the 18 dogs transported to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.
Seven dogs were not impounded because an owner of those dogs at the property was not arrested.
All 18 impounded dogs have received veterinary examinations and are now getting proper care and food and water.
This marks the second time this week Riverside County Services and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department worked in unison. On Wednesday (Aug. 11), sheriff's deputies assisted Animal Services officers in a large-scale operation in Winchester where 76 dogs were living in squalor conditions. The owner of the dogs had created makeshift kennels and pens on a dirt parcel he did now own. He and several others had been squatting on the property, located along Simpson Road, west of Winchester Road.
As part of its overall investigation, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department will include allegations of animal cruelty in its submittal to the District Attorney's office.