Proceeds Benefit Combat Vets, Shelter Pets
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017 – A series of adoption events specifically benefiting programs that assist combat veterans and shelter animals kicks off Saturday (May 27) at Riverside County’s three largest shelters.
The first-ever Homeless Pets & Combat Vets adoption series will run on five specified Saturdays between Memorial Day weekend and just after the Fourth-of-July holiday weekend. The special events will feature some special offerings by hosts that include four county supervisorial districts and the county’s executive office.
Adoption fees have been lowered to $49. Of that special rate, $20 of each adoption will benefit an organization selected by the Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services: Reaching New Heights Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization that assists veterans transitioning from active duty and homelessness.
Another $20 of the adoption fee will benefit the Animal Solutions Konnection (ASK) Foundation, an organization that works closely with Riverside County Animal Services with programs that benefit homeless pets and programs that assist needy pet owners.
The remaining $9 of the adoption fee will offset some of the shelter costs associated with caring for the pet.
Authorities Track Her Down in Las Vegas
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017 – A woman suspected in the cruelty case involving emaciated pit bulls in the Lake Mathews area was arrested today in Las Vegas.
Kim Settle Gallegos (DOB: 12-18-1956) is facing 38 felony counts of animal cruelty. Details of when she will be extradited from Las Vegas to Riverside County are pending.
Riverside County Animal Services officers seized 27 dogs on July 20, 2016 at a property on Avocado Lane, just east of La Sierra Avenue, after receiving a tip. Detailed information about the seizure and the dogs can be found here.
All 27 dogs exhibited signs of emaciation and dehydration. Thirteen dogs had already died at the property, which included makeshift dog runs inside the ranch-style home.
“This was one of the worst cases of abuse we had seen in a long time,” Commander Chris Mayer said. “These dogs were left in shameful conditions. Some were in such bad condition, they died of starvation or from the extreme heat. Even some of our most veteran officers were shaking their heads at the total disregard the owners showed toward these poor animals.”
Veterinary Employee Fostered Special Dog
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 – An officer brought in the broken dog. A veterinarian handled the necessary surgery.
And a registered veterinary technician answered the call when the dog needed a special foster parent.
The male dog, a wire-haired, 2-year-old, tan terrier, was picked up by Riverside County Animal Services Officer Shirley Rivera on Jan. 12 after she responded to a service call in the unincorporated Perris area.
The dog was immediately examined and it was determined that the dog’s right, rear leg was fractured. He was placed on strong pain medications.
Despite the injury and all that he was enduring, the dog always showed affection to shelter employees. One employee in particular, Supervising Registered Veterinary Technician Katherine Buff, could not resist fostering the dog she would soon call Petey Pi.
“He always showed so much love to everyone, even though he suffered such a severe injury,” Buff said. “He is an amazingly sweet dog.”
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017 – Riverside Public Works employees played a major role in saving a dog stuck in a basin at the city’s Water Quality Control Plant on Acorn Street. The dog, a female German-shepherd, pit bull mix, appeared to be frightened as she moved around, seeking some way out of her wet and stinky mess.
She was spotted inside the football field-sized basin at about 10 a.m. and Riverside County Animal Services was contacted. The good news is that the basin, which can hold a depth of approximately 20 feet, was only about 3 feet when she was spotted. She was able to sit up, albeit she was sitting up in a not-so-pleasant pool of sewage.
But by mid-day, the pond’s water level rises after the flow from thousands of residents’ morning showers and other activities. That’s why Richard Pallante, a maintenance operations manager, and Brent Keaster, a mechanical supervisor, jumped into action. Both used skills learned from years of being certified in confined space entry work.
Keaster attached a line to his harness and Pallante made sure he lowered his colleague down slowly and surely down a steep embankment. When Keaster reached the dog, he missed on his first attempt to lasso her. Riverside County Animal Services Officer John Hergenreder arrived and provided Keaster a better tool on the second descent. The officer’s snare worked perfectly.
She Likely Needs Surgery to Fix Hind Leg Fracture
WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – She’ll cuddle at your feet. She’ll lick you. She’ll show you she has so much love, despite a traumatic incident. She is a 3-month-old, German shepherd mix and she’s in need of a special home – or immediate transfer to a rescue group.
A kind resident in Jurupa Valley, Angelica Cerrillos, and her friends discovered the injured dog at Clay Park late Monday evening (March 20). They agreed to care for the dog overnight and then one of the friends brought the dog to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley on Tuesday, March 21.
“Honestly, my first thought was shock because I thought she was a raccoon,” Cerrillos, 20, said in a telephone interview. “I thought it was just messed up that someone could hurt her so much that she couldn’t walk – and didn’t even try to help her. That’s just plain cruel.”
Ms. Cerrillos and her three friends were near a playground area when they discovered her. “She looked so sad and tired when we found her, as if she gave up on life or something. And, yes, we all immediately fell for her. We picked her up and took her to one of our houses. We fed her and gave her water. She was very sweet and loved getting affection from all of us.”