UPDATED 4/23, 9:45 a.m. EST: A resident of the small city of Coachella has been arrested as a suspect in the dumping of seven puppies into a trash bin. Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, was taking in by police on Monday evening.
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An unidentified woman was caught on disturbing surveillance video dumping a bag of seven puppies into a trash bin in the Coachella area Thursday, according to a USA Today report. The bin was located behind a Napa Auto Parts shop, an employee of which was notified about the woman's actions by a passerby. The employee then notified Riverside County Department of Animal Services officials, who arrived to rescue the puppies.
"There is no excuse for dumping puppies," Animal Services commander Chris Mayer said in a news release Friday. "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."
The puppies are now said to be in the care of animal services, which is working with a SoCal rescue group to help foster the young pets. Given the high temperatures in the Coachella area this time of year, the act could have easily proven fatal.
Now, animal services and local law enforcement are searching for the woman, who is wanted on suspicion of animal cruelty.
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