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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 (Sept. 8) in the Cabazon area.

The crash happened at about 2:30 a.m. near the Main Street exit in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10. A woman suspected of driving under the influence crashed into the trailer at a speed of about 80 mph to 90 mph, according to information provided to Riverside County Animal Services’ responding officer.

Its impact was so violent that one of two horses inside the trailer got loose from its halter and spilled out the mangled back doors. The crash caused severe injuries to that horse.

“It is my understanding that the suspected drunken driver hit the trailer with enough force that the horse slipped out of its halter,” said Animal Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens, the responding officer. “That was the power of the impact. Imagine a slingshot with an 800-pound animal.”

She said the horse, a young, male Appaloosa named Oliver, was forced forward and then backwards so fast that it fell out the back. For a few minutes, the horse was running loose on I-10, but the transport driver was able to wrangle it. The California Highway Patrol responded with three units.

“All of its injuries were likely caused by the falling out of the mangled doors,” Sgt. Huennekens said. “Its sheer luck that this horse survived.”

Friday, 07 September 2018 00:41

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.

Riverside County Animal Services employees and one veteran volunteer scrambled to scoop up the pooches. All told, she brought a baker’s dozen to the shelter. Some didn’t follow her, though, and darted underneath a car in the parking lot.

Shelter surveillance footage captured the moments she arrived and the somewhat tense moments as the employees tried to coax the puppies into the shelter’s admission area.

“We’d like to use this oddball story to say, No. 1, you can avoid a 13-puppy situation in the first place if you spay or neuter your pet,” Animal Services Director Robert Miller said. “Secondly, don’t bring loose dogs to our shelters. We’ll come out to your car if you don’t have a crate or the necessary restraints.”

The Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley is located adjacent to Van Buren Boulevard – one of the county’s busiest thoroughfares. “We would have hated to see one of these pups run out to the street and get hit by a car,” Miller said.

Once all the puppies were collected and properly impounded, Animal Services’ veterinary team members conducted examinations and then the four-legged friends were transported to the available kennel areas. Some of the pups, all 11-week-old, pit bull mixes, have already been adopted.

Several are still available – just in time for the Inland Empire Super Adoption event this weekend.

The event is a partnership with Best Friends Animal Society and other organizations. It runs at the shelter (6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 8 & 9). Adoption fees are just $20 for all pets – and that still includes the animal’s spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and a microchip.

Monday, 03 September 2018 20:30

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 its homeless pets.

The event is a new partnership with Best Friends Animal Society and a handful of other adoption and rescue organizations. The fees for all cats and dogs will be $20, which will include the pet’s spay or neutersurgery, vaccinations and a microchip.

“The Super Adoption is such a fun, festive way for the whole family to meet adoptable dogs and cats,” said Jose Ocano,Pacific Region Director for Best Friends Animal Society. “From playful youngsters to sweet seniors and anything in between, the perfect pet will be waiting for you here.”

The Super Adoption runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and will continue on Sunday with similar hours. The shelter is located at 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley, 92509. More than 200 pets will be available for adoption.

In addition to available pets cared for by Riverside County Animal Services, other groups will be creating pop-up adoption stations inside the shelter’s quad area. Confirmed groups include Foster Army AnimalRescue and The Paw Mission.

Also, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center will be participating during the Saturday action. This nonprofit, long-running shelter has been assisting Riverside County for many years by rescuing shelter animals and providing them care at its Riverside location.

Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization with a mission to end euthanasia of shelter pets by 2025, has already partnered with Riverside County Animal Services with a Coachella Valley-based effort to spay and neuter stray, community cats. The program started in 2017 after Animal Services Director Robert Miller approved the unique relationship.

Employees from Best Friends have been embedded in the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms to work closely with animal control officers and other shelter staffers with getting more community cats altered, all in the effort to reduce the volume of abandoned cats entering area shelters.

The successes of that program has resulted in Best Friends’ officials to reach out with additional programs, such as this weekend’s Super Adoption.

Deputy Director Frank Corvino said, “Our continuing partnership with Best Friends has been extremely successful in helping save the lives of numerous animals in our east county. We are excited to continue our lifesaving efforts with the Super Adoptions this weekend. “

Super Adoption Event

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