News Releases

Monday, 01 October 2018 16:11

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 neck and hip after the attack in a neighborhood just northwest of the La Sierra University campus. Just after 8 a.m., while on her morning walk, the dogs charged her. She was pinned against a fence near the intersection of College and Norwood avenues.

Riverside County Animal Services officers responded after receiving a call from the Riverside Police Department. Officer Kellsey Hoesman attempted to locate the loose dogs but was unable to find them. They had been described as two large dogs, one that was black and the other tan.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:42

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 ongoing, dating to October 2016. Each time Riverside County Animal Services’officers told the owner a seizure was imminent, the owner would finally buy new food for the skinny animals.

Today marked the end of the back-and-forth, yo-yo-like tactics the owner exhibited for months. Two of the horses are paints and the third, a chestnut. Two are mares and one is a gelding. The ages of the horses are unknown at this time.

A fourth neglected horse had been removed without the knowledge of Animal Services. A search for that horse was attempted, but remains ongoing.

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.”

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