Border Collie Mix Served as Therapy Dog
FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2016 – An animal control officer said goodbye at the end of 2016 to a former Riverside County Animal Services shelter dog that served many years as a therapy pet throughout the Inland Empire.
Star, a border collie mix, died Friday (Dec. 30) after her owner decided she could not let her pet suffer further. Star had been diagnosed with cancer. Her owner, Jamie Simmons, a supervising animal control officer with the city of Fontana, took Star to one of her favorite places on Friday – the beach – then later that day held her beloved pet as Star was humanely euthanized. Star was 16 years old.
“It was time,” a tearful Simmons said. “I cannot believe she’s gone. But she had a good life. She was spoiled.”
Star earned some spoiling. After all, she worked many years as an official therapy pet for children and victims of abuse. Simmons took Star to visit almost 100 foster and group homes. Star sat next to victims as a comfort companion as detectives interviewed them. And Star made trips to courthouses to be by the side of those about to testify about their abuse.
A Good Samaritan brought in a handsome iguana today. The man had been caring for the almost five-foot long (tail included) reptile for roughly one month.
He tried to find the true owner while he was caring for it. But he came up empty in his neighborhood in The Cove area of La Quinta.
He brought the iguana into the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms earlier this morning.
We would appreciate any exposure the media can give this stray beast. The owner may have given up searching. But hopefully he or she will read about their iguana in the paper or see a story on TV.
Thank you so much!
Here are some photos, below; also have some additional short video clips. Please e-mail me or text me if you would like additional clips. I did not put them all here out of fear I/we would end up in your Spam folders.
My colleague and reptile expert Kim McWhorter is at our desert shelter today and can assist with holding the iguana for potential media interviews (Kim will be speaking; the iguana will probably just stare at the camera).
As we near another year’s close, we always love to look back at all the stories that made us happy as a puppy and brought smiles to our faces. Each year we like to share these significant stories of the year. Of course, some of the big stories include the types that make us cringe or cry. That’s just the nature of the beast when you work at Riverside County Animal Services. We deal with life and death and life-changing events. We es- pecially love saving pets. But we also take pride in our animal-cruelty investigations and making sure that those who harm the innocent and the voiceless are brought to justice. Here is our list of the Top 10 Stories of the Year for 2016. We hope you appreciate this list. The Top 10 stories are listed chronologically.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016 – A Good Samaritan brought in a feisty cat that has been discovered with a metal rod protruding from its body.
The cat, an almost 2-year-old brown tabby mix, came into the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter last Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The Good Samaritan said the cat must have jumped inside her minivan when she and her family were unloading items during a recent visit to Hunter Park in Riverside. The woman said she was able to load the tabby inside a pet carrier she had back at her Moreno Valley home.
But once the cat was at the shelter, employees could not properly examine the cat because he did not want to be handled. On Saturday, it appeared the cat was much calmer and Veterinary Services Division team members gave the cat a full examination.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016 – A wayward owl that found itself inside a supermarket in Riverside is now back in the wild.
Riverside County Animal Services officers were able to safely capture the bird of prey this morning and release it. The officers, Lt. James Huffman and Officer Cecelia Morris, also received great assistance from a local woman, Karolyn Verville, a founder of a nonprofit wildlife rescue organization in Riverside.