A California woman was caught on camera cruelly discarding a plastic bag full of healthy, 3-day-old puppies at a dumpster, like so much trash. Riverside County officials are not taking it lightly, and are currently looking for the woman in the video, or any information that might lead to her.
In a Facebook post, they explain that the security camera footage shows the woman dumping the puppies next to a dumpster behind a NAPA Auto Parts store in Coachella. An employee of the store contacted animal services after a passerby discovered the 7 terrier-mix pups, trapped and overheating in the plastic garbage bag.
The responding officer, Jose Cisneros, asked to see the store's security tapes and that was how they discovered the evidence, which includes not just the woman but footage of her vehicle.
It's terrible to watch. She literally throws them at the dumpster.
"Animal Services' veterinary team members cared for the puppies and lined up a rescue group partner organization to take over bottle feeding duties," the Facebook post explains. "MeoowzResQ, a Southern California-based organization specializing in kitten and cat rescue and fostering, agreed to accept the pups."
The man, identified as John, who found the puppies probably saved the puppies from dying from the heat, suffocation, starvation, or other possible outcomes. "The Good Samaritan played a major role in saving theses puppies' lives," said animal services Commander Chris Mayer. "His actions were humane and heroic."
Riverside County Sheriff's office and the District Attorney are putting together a case for animal cruelty against the woman, who Mayer described as "despicable."
"There is no excuse for dumping puppies," said the officer. "Especially in today's age when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners. This was a shameful act."
In the video and on the Facebook page are phone numbers and contact information for anyone who may have information on this crime.