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 cameras captured video footage of the man’s actions at about 8 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 19). He can be spotted unloading what appears to be a pet carrier and placing it in a planter in the parking lot of a Stater Bros. Willful abandonment of an animal is considered cruelty in California.
The man’s actions happened after he shopped at the Stater Bros. store just west of the Ramona Expressway (located at 43396 Florida Ave.). The man bought milk and other items, then exited the store and loaded his groceries and then unloaded the pet carrier.
An employee discovered the dog inside the carrier and told his manager. A store manager reviewed the surveillance footage and contacted authorities. A Riverside County Animal Services officer responded and recovered the dog, a 10-year-old male Chihuahua.
“This was a tough one,” said the responding officer, Kyle Stephens. “He was so timid at first, so I didn’t get a chance to interact with him. It is somewhat strange that someone would abandon an older dog, after presumably caring for it for its life. Regardless, it is very sad and it’s also a crime.”
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 problem with those greetings is the timing. The male pig kept showing up in the mornings. Early mornings. Before-the-sunrise time slots.
And that disrupted people’s sleep patterns.
“It makes our dogs bark,” said Luana Snyder, 69, a long-time Jurupa Valley resident whose two dogs didn’t always appreciate the piggy’s early-morning hellos. “We’d look out the window and realize it’s the pig again.”
There he was at the Snyders’ Agate Street property, saying good morning through the fence to Sheila, an Australian shepherd mix, and little Star, a Chihuahua mix that Mrs. Snyder and her husband, George, adopted from the county shelter roughly five years ago. The Snyders have lived in Jurupa Valley since 1976.
“As soon as they see the pig, they start barking,” she said. “He comes up to the fence to say hi, then sits down in front of them and then they stop barking.”
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 assist from the longest-standing animal welfare organization in North America.
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) coordinated a flight with a member of its Animal Relocation team, so Kitty Bitty would have a personal flying companion to care for him on his trip home.
The 5-year-old, domestic short-haired cat ended up in Riverside County’s care after what could only be described as a strange trip. Kitty Bitty arrived in Riverside on Dec. 13 at a Pepsi facility after, presumably, stowing away on one of the soda company’s cross-country trucks.
It’s uncertain how long Kitty Bitty was inside the truck, but when Riverside County Animal Services Officer John Hergenreder responded to the call from the Pepsi plant, he could see the cat was very underweight. Veterinary Services Division employees examined the skinny cat and treated him for dehydration and provided him nutrition to start getting his weight back to normal.
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 truck originally came from Georgia.
A representative at the company over at Pepsi's Riverside facility contacted us and we rolled out to meet and retrieve the cross-country feline.
Our veterinary services team members examined and treated the cat for dehydration. The cat was also very skinny, a condition likely from lack of nutrition. We are uncertain how long the cat was inside the soda truck.
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 songs for the homeless pets.
The annual tradition is the work a Palm Desert-based, nonprofit organization called Society’s OutKasts Animal Rescue, or SOAR.
“We feel it’s important to make all the dogs and cats that end up in the shelter feel loved by the community,” said Janeen Bahr of SOAR. Her friend, Katie Burd, of Palm Springs, handles the keyboard playing and caroling to the shelter’s pets. This year, Ms. Burd will be joined by Carol Kamenis of Rancho Mirage with additional singing. The fun starts at about 1 p.m. at the shelter, located at 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms.
SOAR’s efforts don’t just include the holiday songs. The organization’s volunteers bring fresh blankets for all the dogs. The blankets have been donated by their friends throughout the Coachella Valley. Also, SOAR is also funding an $8,500 agility play yard at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus. That project should be completed sometime in 2018.
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.
The Black Saturday Special on Nov. 25 gives would-be adopters the chance to find their perfect pet for free.
Participating shelters include the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in San Jacinto and the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. The shelter addresses and operation hours can be found here: www.rcdas.org
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised at the turnouts during the years we’ve been doing this specific event,” Director Robert Miller said. “It has historically become one of our biggest, one-day adoption events each year, thanks to all the families who opened up their homes for a new friend.”