Published: Tue, April 23, 2019

Woman arrested after puppies dumped in trash at Coachella

Woman arrested after puppies dumped in trash at Coachella

A concerned passerby who witnessed the incident proceeded to rummage through the dumpster and fish out the bag.

Authorities in California are looking for a woman who threw puppies into a dumpster.

Police arrested Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, outside her Coachella home, according to Riverside County Animal Services spokesperson John Welsh.

The woman believed to be Culwell is shown getting out of a white Jeep, walking over to the bin and tossing the bag in a trash bin located outside an auto parts store in the 49000 block of Grapefruit Boulevard.

The woman, who has not been named, could face seven felony counts of animal cruelty and a maximum of six years holed up in the slammer if convicted.


The woman pulled up at a dumpster behind a Napa Auto Parts store in Coachella and dumped seven puppies - all about 3 days old and believed to be terrier mixes, according to Riverside County Animal Services.

Riverside County Sheriff's investigators and the District Attorney's office are building a strong cruelty case against the unidentified woman. An employee at the store then contacted animal services, and authorities learned the bag contained seven puppies.

"There is no excuse for dumping puppies", Chris added.

The Riverside County Animal Services said: "If not for the Good Samaritan's actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer. This was a shameful act".

The RCDAS' veterinary team members cared for the puppies before enlisting a local rescue group to take over bottle-feeding duties, the organization said.

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