News Releases

News Releases

September 09, 2019

National Preparedness Month

July 15, 2019

Razz Berry Adopted

Cap'n Crunch Cereal Box doggy gets her second chance ... Below is a link to a short video featuring this morning’s “lottery” for Razz Berry, the 9-week-old maltese-yorkie mix that came to us by way of a unique “pet carrier” – a Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries…
July 10, 2019

"Razz Berry" (Dog brought to shelter in Cap'n Crunch cereal box)

This dog, featured below in his unique “pet carrier,” came late yesterday afternoon. We posted the picture on social media and the image gained a fair amount of attention. We’re providing a video link (below) to offer up to the news media. Multiple news…
July 10, 2019

The Butterfly Lady visits Critter Kiddz Camp

One of the most magnificent people we know is Yvonne Fox, “The Butterfly Lady.” She’s revamped our once sad butterfly garden into a bright spot at our Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. Today she visited Critter Kiddz Camp. (NOTE…
Jun 14, 2019

Dog, Reportedly Contained, Charges Officers

Two Animal Control Officers Suffer Bite Wounds THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019 – Two animal control officers sustained bite wounds today after a dog charged them during a routine call. The attack…
Jun 13, 2019

Suburban Rams into Animal Control Truck

Officer Was Heading to Shelter; No Animals Harmed WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019 – A man driving a Suburban sped out of a parking lot and slammed into a Riverside County animal control truck this…
May 31, 2019

Child Suffers Serious Bite to Her Face

Akita Attacks Girl During Visit at Romoland Kennel FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019 – Riverside County Animal Services is investigating a serious dog bite that involved a 7- year-old girl on Sunday at…
May 30, 2019

Green Iguana

Just a short, fun note here to share one of our officer’s interesting calls this morning. Riverside County Animal Control Officer Michael Cox retrieved a green iguana from a man’s yard in…
Apr 30, 2019

CRITTER KIDDZ CAMP 2019

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Apr 22, 2019

Caught on Tape: Woman Dumps Puppies UPDATE

Animal Services Places Pups With Rescue Group Partner UPDATE: Riverside County Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer arrested a woman in Coachella this afternoon related to a recent…
Apr 02, 2019

Foster Parents Needed for Kitten Season

Fostering Kitties Helps Keep Them Healthier, Adoptable MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019 – Volunteers are needed for a homeless pet fostering program. The program is for dogs or cats, but Riverside…
Mar 29, 2019

Special Volunteer Unit Seeks More Vols

Emergency Unit Assists During Major Events THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019 – More volunteers are sought for a special volunteer unit activated by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services…
Mar 21, 2019

Special-Needs Pooch Loving His New Ride

‘Scooter’ is Available to Adopters With Experience THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019 – A special-needs pooch is ready for a loving, forever home. The adopter, however, should have some level of…
Mar 15, 2019

Ferret Abandoned at Banning City Hall

Officer Responds to Wild Critter Call; Ferret OK TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 – A Riverside County Animal Services officer retrieved an abandoned ferret today at Banning City Hall. Officer Eric…
Feb 26, 2019

Virulent Newcastle Disease Update: Quarantine Boundaries Modified in Southern California

CDFA’s VND Web site MONDAY, August 12, 2019 — VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE RESPONSE UPDATE: Please call to schedule testing of your birds: 866-922-2473 Every effort will be made to schedule a…
Jan 23, 2019

Horse Hit by Car, Severely Injured

Animal Services Officer Euthanizes Horse Shortly after 1 p.m. today (Jan. 22) Riverside County Animal Services received a request for assistance from the Riverside County Sheriff’s…
Jan 17, 2019

Animal Control Officers Assist with Alleged Kidnapping Attempt

CLARIFICATIONS: Re: multiple agencies involved; our officer was on phone with CHP dispatcher. We are uncertain if other units were in pursuit. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department…
Jan 12, 2019

Coney the Burro

We responded Friday morning (Jan. 11) to a call about a burro that had an orange cone stuck on one of its hooves.The burro, part of one of the many well-known herds in the Reche Canyon area…
Dec 18, 2018

Officers Investigating Property with Dead Horses

Remains Discovered at Winchester Property MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2018 – Riverside County Animal Services served a search warrant at a property in Winchester today where the remains of three…
Oct 01, 2018

Woman Attacked by Dogs in Riverside

Senior Victim Suffered Wounds to Her Neck Area MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2018 – Two dogs attacked a woman early Sunday in Riverside’s La Sierra area. The 77-year-old victim suffered wounds to her…
Sep 26, 2018

Animal Services Seizes Neglected Horses

Officers Remove Skinny Horses from Mead Valley TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2018 – Animal control officers seized three neglected horses from a Mead Valley property today. A neglect case had been…
Sep 11, 2018

Horse Seriously Injured on I-10 Crash in Cabazon

Young Appaloosa Transported, Cared for by Vet SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2018 – A suspected drunken driver slammed into the back of a horse trailer traveling on Interstate 10 early Saturday morning…
Sep 07, 2018

She Brings 13 Pups to Shelter Pied Piper Style

Animal Services Recommends a Crate Next Time SEPT. 7, 2018 – A woman showed up at the county’s shelter in Jurupa Valley with a group of dogs following her in a Pied Piper-like style.…
Sep 03, 2018

Best Friends Super Adoption Event

Hundreds of Pets Available for $20 Saturday and Sunday SEPT. 4, 2018 – Riverside County’s shelter in Jurupa Valley will play host this weekend to a Super Adoptionevent with lowered fees for…
Aug 29, 2018

Shelter Employee Keeps Loving Katrina Dog

13 Years Later, Sam the Catahoula Remains by Her Side AUG. 29, 2018 – Thirteen years ago on this day, Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast and left communities destroyed. The…
Aug 27, 2018

Sheriff’s Investigation Assists Pet Reunion

Stolen Backhoe Found Near Stolen Great Dane AUG. 27, 2018 – There are ways investigators can reunite construction companies with their stolen heavy equipment. And there are ways animal…
Aug 17, 2018

Clear the Shelters Adoption Event Nears

Hundreds of Pets Available for $4.52 Saturday, Aug. 18 AUG. 16, 2018 – Riverside County Animal Services’ three largest shelters are offering a special adoption fee on Saturday as part of…
Aug 15, 2018

Holy Fire Pet Transport Program Continues

Service Suspends on Morning of Aug. 15 AUG. 14, 2018 – Riverside County Animal Services will continue the Holy Fire pet transports through Wednesday morning (Aug. 15). More than 180 pets…
Aug 10, 2018

Riverside County animal agencies caring for Holy Fire evacuees’ animals

RIVERSIDE -- More than 200 pets from families living in the Holy Fire evacuation areas are currently being cared for by both Riverside County Animal Services and Animal Friends of the…
Aug 09, 2018

Holy Fire: RCDAS will assist evacuees with small pets

Riverside County Animal Services will assist evacuees with small pets at Temescal Canyon High, 18760 El Toro Road, Lake Elsinore. Elsinore High School (21800 Canyon Drive, Wildomar) is…
Aug 04, 2018

Toddler Injured by Grandmother’s Dog

Riverside County Animal Services responded to a call at about 7:40 p.m. Friday (Aug. 2) regarding a serious dog attack on a child in Riverside. Riverside Police officers were first on scene…
Jul 27, 2018

Cranston Fire: how you can help!

Speaking of donations and those seeking donations. Always be wary about where you send money or gifts. Make sure a nefarious or self-promoting organization is not taking your money, but…
Jul 22, 2018

Cranston Fire Updates

County of Riverside Emergency Management Department Active Events The County of Riverside Emergency Operations Center has been activated to support the Cranston Fire in Idyllwild. U.S.…
Jul 18, 2018

Burro with Arrow

This incident involves a burro with an arrow stuck to it; someone must have shot it; we will have photos and one short video clip. Please bear in mind that the burro remains at large; we…
Jun 29, 2018

Banning Strays Heading to New Shelter July 1

Pets Now Cared for at County’s San Jacinto Campus JUNE 29, 2018 – Riverside County begins a new animal partnership with the city of Banning on July 1. County animal control officers will…
Jun 27, 2018

Two Date Changes to Vaccination Clinics July 3rd and Aug. 25th are the New Dates

JUNE 28, 2018 – Riverside County’s popular vaccination clinics at the Western Riverside County/CityAnimal Shelter will not occur on their regular days on two upcoming occasions. The clinics…
Jun 20, 2018

Couple Gets Package with Scaly Stowaway

Bearded Dragon Discovered inside Big Bicycle Box JUNE 7, 2018 – A couple near Hemet discovered a scaly stowaway inside a package delivered on Wednesday afternoon (June 6). Al and Chris…
Jun 07, 2018

Grandfather’s Dog Charges Child, Bites Her Face

4-year-old Girl Suffers Several Puncture Wounds JUNE 6, 2018 – A 4-year-old girl suffered bite wounds to her face after her grandfather’s dog charged her and attacked. The incident happened…
Jun 07, 2018

Couple Gets Package with Scaly Stowaway

Bearded Dragon Discovered inside Big Bicycle Box JUNE 7, 2018 – A couple near Hemet discovered a scaly stowaway inside a package delivered on Wednesday afternoon (June 6). Al and Chris…
Jun 05, 2018

Riverside County bird owners urged to protect against virulent Newcastle disease

Riverside CountyNEWS RELEASE Contact: Ruben ArroyoRiverside County Agricultural Commissioner(951) 955-3000 Riverside County residents with backyard chickens, and people with other birds,…
Jun 04, 2018

Nuevo Horse Cruelty Case Moves Forward

Man Faces One Felony Count in a Multi-Horse Investigation JUNE 1, 2018 – A Riverside County Superior Court judge ruled on Wednesday (May 30) that there was sufficient evidence to hold a man…
Jun 04, 2018

Judge Rules Sufficient Evidence in Cruelty Case

Woman Held to Answer to 40 Felony Counts for Emaciated Dogs JUNE 1, 2018 – A Riverside County Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday afternoon (May 31) that there was sufficient evidence to…
May 31, 2018

News Alert: Dog Bites Girl; Animal Services Seeking Public's Help

MAY 30, 2018 – Riverside County Animal Services is seeking the public’s help with information about a dog attack earlier today in the Mead Valley area. A girl, age 17, was attacked by a…
May 23, 2018

Cat Shot with Arrow Gets Emergency Vet Care

Arrow Safely Removed; Cat Appears it Will Make Comeback MAY 18, 2018 – Riverside County Animal Services veterinary team members performed emergency care this morning on a cat that was rushed…
May 21, 2018

PRESENCE OF VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE CONFIRMED

Dr. Allan Drusys, chief veterinarian of Riverside County Animal Services, recommends reading this article. WASHINGTON, May 18, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)…
May 18, 2018

Officer Saves Owl Fledgling from Backyard Pool

Homeowner Describes Officer as Gentle, Caring MAY 16, 2018 – A young owl ended up in a backyard pool in Temecula Wine Country early Tuesday and stayed there until a Riverside County Animal…
May 12, 2018

Two Officers Get Showered With Spit, But Survive Ordeal

MAY 11, 2018 – Officers safely impounded a loose llama in Jurupa Valley this morning. The llama was spotted on Mission Boulevard, near Feldspar Street, and a concerned passerby contacted…
May 09, 2018

Dog Stolen from Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley

Animal Services Seeking Help to Identify Thieves MAY 9, 2018 – The Riverside County Department of Animal Services is seeking the public’s help to identify a trio of thieves responsible for…
May 09, 2018

Recommended by Dr. Allan Drusys | Healthy Pets and Healthy People

Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Allan Drusys shares an informative link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Pets and Healthy People Pets provide many…
Apr 25, 2018

Volunteers Honored by Board of Supervisors

Animal Services Volunteers Part of Those Recognized APRIL 24, 2018 – Volunteers from various county agencies received recognition this morning by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.…
Apr 05, 2018

Rattlesnake Sightings Leads to More Calls for Help

Animal Control Officers Will Remove and Locate APRIL 5, 2018 – Higher temperatures have resulted in several more calls about rattlesnake sightings, according to an informal survey with…
Mar 30, 2018

Abused, Neglected & Dumped Dog Rescued by Officer

Pit Bull Mix Found with Severe Injury Near Murrieta MARCH 30, 2018 – A Riverside County animal control officer retrieved an abandoned dog this week that was likely a victim of abuse. The…
Mar 21, 2018

Cruelty Case Opened for Neglected Lhasa Apso

Severely Matted Dog Was Infested With Maggots MARCH 21, 2018 – A Riverside County Animal Services officer impounded a severely neglected dog that was so matted it was infested with maggots.…
Mar 14, 2018

Hooked Turtle Gets Helped A Riverside County Animal Services Video Short

A Good Samaritan discovered this slider turtle outside his home and noticed the turtle had a hook stuck in its mouth. The Jurupa Valley resident brought the turtle to Riverside County…
Mar 14, 2018

Husky Flying Home to Owner in New Mexico

She Went Missing More Than Five Years Ago MARCH 14, 2018 – A sweet-natured, 7-year-old dog is taking a flight home to her rightful owner, roughly five years after she was reportedly stolen…
Jan 26, 2018

Public’s Help Needed to ID Man Who Abandoned Dog

Man Suspected of Willful Abandonment near Hemet JAN. 26, 2018 – Authorities are trying to find a man suspected of abandoning a dog at a supermarket near Hemet last week.Store surveillance…
Jan 03, 2018

And This Little Piggy Went to Say Hello

Stray Pot-Bellied Pig Enjoyed Socializing With Dogs WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3, 2018 – A pot-bellied pig in Jurupa Valley enjoyed roaming the neighborhood and saying hello to one family’s dogs. Only…
Dec 22, 2017

Kitty Bitty in the Air, Arriving Home Soon

ASPCA Assists Riverside County with Savannah Feline FRIDAY, DEC. 22, 2017 – A cat that found his way to one of Riverside County’s shelters is almost home for the holidays, thanks to a major…
Dec 15, 2017

Kitty Bitty, the Stowaway Cat from Georgia

We ended up with another crazy story here at Riverside County Animal Services. In short: This cat ended up in Riverside County after what appears to be a long haul inside a soda truck. The…
Dec 06, 2017

Women Brighten Shelter With Gifts, Songs

SOAR Continues Annual Holiday Tradition WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 2017 – A small group of women and friends return to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus on Thursday (Dec. 7) with gifts and holiday…
Nov 20, 2017

Black Saturday Adoption Special Returns

What You Can’t Get on Amazon: A Homeless Pet TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017 – One of the most popular adoption specials returns this Saturday at three Riverside County Animal Services’ shelters.…
Nov 18, 2017

Is it the Year of the Tortoise?

Our friends at the city of Fontana Animal Services recovered this tortoise -- a 45-pounder -- and transported to our shelter in Jurupa Valley this afternoon. We seem to be seeing lots of…
Nov 14, 2017

Officers Seize 18 Dogs in Jurupa Valley

Animal Services Opens Cruelty Investigation Animal control officers seized 18 dogs from a property in Jurupa Valley Monday afternoon (Nov. 13). All the dogs continue to receive care today,…
Nov 08, 2017

Free Spay & Neuter Appointments Open

Spots Available for Mecca, Lakeland Village Visits WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 2017 – Riverside County Animal Services’ mobile spay and neuter bus is rolling out again to two locations – Mecca and…
Nov 03, 2017

Riverside Roaming Lizard is Reunited

Chopper the Crocodile Monitor Heads Home FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2017 – Chopper the 4-year-old crocodile monitor is now back home. Chopper’s owner, DeWitt “Goldie” Vercher, of Riverside, reunited…
Nov 02, 2017

Crocodile Monitor Discovered in Riverside

Animal Control Officer Snares Unwanted Visitor THURSDAY, NOV. 2, 2017 – There it was, lounging in the sun atop a sturdy hedge in a backyard in Riverside. The five-pound, 4-foot long…
Oct 27, 2017

Riverside County Animal Services responded to an emergency call for assistance to an active wildfire

Riverside County Animal Services responded on Thursday to an emergency call for assistance to an active wildfire in a southwest portion of the county. A team of officers arrived at an…
Oct 25, 2017

Shelter in Jurupa Valley Still Closed

Clay Fire Incident Knocked Out Power WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25, 2017 – A fire near Riverside County Animal Services’ shelter location in Jurupa Valley knocked out power on Tuesday. The Clay Fire…
Oct 03, 2017

Big Tortoise Scooped up in Jurupa Valley

With so much happening in the world that has brought tears to our eyes, here’s something a little lighter. Well, actually, this is a very heavy story too. Officer Christopher Peck scooped…
Sep 22, 2017

Officers Investigate Horse Neglect in Nuevo

County Impounds 14 Underweight Horses FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2017 – Riverside County Animal Services investigated a report of horse neglect at a Nuevo ranch property Wednesday (Sept. 20). Sgt.…
Aug 31, 2017

Salmonella outbreak tied to pet turtles

Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Allan Drusys would like the public to read this story, produced by CBS News, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released…
Aug 31, 2017

NEWS ALERT: Cooling Center for Colton Residents, Pets

Riverside County Animal Services is providing a cooling center for Colton residents and their pets at its shelter location in Jurupa Valley, 6851 Van Buren Blvd. "In light of Colton's…
Aug 23, 2017

More Than 300 Pets Adopted Saturday

Clear the Shelters Event Produces Massive Crowds TUESDAY, AUG. 22, 2017 – Riverside County Animal Services’ shelters welcomed hundreds of would-be adopters during Saturday’s Clear the…
Aug 15, 2017

Homeless Pets Ready for ‘Clear the Shelters’

Special Adoption Rates – Just $4.52 – on Saturday TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2015 – Three Riverside County animal shelters are participating in the “Clear the Shelters” event, a national adoption…
Aug 08, 2017

Horse Dies in Crash in Desert Hot Springs

Authorities Investigating Cause of Accident TUESDAY, AUG. 8, 2017 – A horse died in a traffic accident Monday night in Desert Hot Springs after being struck by a bus and a car. The horse…
Aug 03, 2017

Clear the Shelters

Jul 30, 2017

Cat Adoption Special Offered

$25 Adoption Fee Runs July 10 to Aug. 10 MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017 – A special adoption rate starts today (July 10) for all cats at Riverside County Animal Services’ four shelter locations. The…
Jul 24, 2017

Cyclist, Trying to Flee Stray Dog, Hits Truck

Injured Man Taken to Hospital; Officer Impounds Dog MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017 – A man suffered serious injuries Sunday evening after he tried to flee a stray dog that charged him as he rode his…
Jul 21, 2017

Boy Suffers Serious Bites to Face; Dog Impounded

Pitbull Lunged at 8-year-old When Owner Opened Door FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 – An 8-year-old boy suffered serious bite wounds Thursday night (July 20) after a dog lunged at him. The incident…
Jul 13, 2017

Tortoise Coaxed With Cherries

Two Riverside County Animal Services officers coaxed a tortoise from underneath its hiding spot this afternoon at a property near Temecula by using cherries. A property owner at a…
Jul 11, 2017

Cat Adoption Special Offered

$25 Adoption Fee Runs July 10 to Aug. 10 MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017 – A special adoption rate starts today (July 10) for all cats at Riverside County Animal Services’ four shelter locations. The…
Jul 10, 2017

Fontana Officer Saves Two Pets from Hot Car

A Chihuahua and Gray Cat Get Rescued, Vet Care FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 – A city of Fontana officer rescued two animals from an extremely hot car on Thursday. Both pets – a black-and-tan…
Jul 05, 2017

THE FIFTH OF JULY: A busy day — but not as chaotic in our shelters as years past

This morning we saw a fair amount of frantic pet owners attempting to reunite with their wandering pets during the Fourth-of-July holiday weekend. It was certainly busy, but not as frenzied…
Jun 30, 2017

Shelters Closed July 3 and Fourth-of-July

Microchip Special Offered for Impounded Pets on July 5 THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 – All Riverside County Animal Services shelters are closed on Monday July 3 and during the Fourth-of-July…
Jun 30, 2017

Mary S. Roberts Surpasses Milestone

Nonprofit Pet Adoption Center Saves 1,000 Animals THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 – A nonprofit, pet adoption center marked its 1,000th pet rescue this month after its renewed partnership with…
Jun 30, 2017

Spots Still Open for Critter Kiddz Camp

Children Discover Cool Animal Stuff During Two Weeks THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 – A children’s camp specializing in fun animal-related education still has spots available for the mid-July…
Jun 28, 2017

German Shepherd Missing for Eight Years Reunited With Owner

This dog was reunited today (Monday, June 26, 2017) after a microchip brought the long-lost dog and the rightful family. Last week, one of our animal control officers investigating a…
Jun 19, 2017

Woman Is Reunited With This Long, Lost Pooch

This story has become somewhat cliché now. The long-lost dog that gets reunited with the owner because of a microchip. But we have not sent you one in a while – and this Lake Elsinore-area…
May 31, 2017

Coyote Pup Impounded

Riverside County Animal Services officer Will Luna responded to a property in Jurupa Valley today after the resident contacted us about a possible injured coyote pup. The property owner…
May 25, 2017

Series of Adoption Events Start Saturday

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…
May 04, 2017

Woman Arrested in Emaciated Dogs Cruelty Case

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…
Apr 26, 2017

Three-Legged Terrier Ready for Forever Home

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…
Apr 14, 2017

Dog Saved From Basin at Water Treatment Plant

Riverside Public Works Employees Played Huge Roles 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…
Mar 30, 2017

Injured German Shepherd Pup Needs Rescue

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…
Mar 30, 2017

The 2017 Dog Olympics has been canceled

The 2017 Dog Olympics has been canceled.
Mar 21, 2017

Skippy’s Health Did Not Improve

But the Stray Cat That Had Peanut Butter Container Stuck On its Head Gives Birth to Four Kittens TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – A cat saved from a peanut-butter-container predicament on Monday…
Mar 21, 2017

Peanut Bar Container Removed From Cat

Skinny Feline Now Receiving Veterinary Treatment MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – A Riverside County Animal Services officer rescued a skinny cat that had got its head stuck inside a plastic peanut…

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