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California woman arrested after dumping puppies in the bin

California woman arrested after dumping puppies in the bin

A woman who faces multiple felony counts of animal cruelty after allegedly being captured on video dumping seven newborn puppies in a trash bin last week was found to have 38 other dogs at her home in Coachella, authorities said Tuesday.

Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, was detained on Monday by Riverside County Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer at her Coachella home. The latter is the latest investigation police are now working on after a woman pulled up to a trash bin behind a Napa Auto Parts shop in Coachella and tossed out a bag of five, three-day-old puppies.

Animal control officers worked past 8 p.m.as they loaded all 38 dogs found on the property and took them to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, where they were impounded.

Investigators said there were seven puppies in the bag - all believed to be terrier mixes and around 3 days old, and now doing well in the care of a foster volunteer.

RCAS Specialist Welsh says their department is confident that Deborah will receive multiple charges for animal cruelty, that could result in two to six years of prison time and a possible $20,000 fine.

Culwell is now being held at a jail in Coachella Valley, Welsh says.




One of seven the sweet puppies found in the trash by authorities.

Another dog who was rescued from Culwell's home is seen in a photo from Animal Services.

Luckily, a passerby witnessed what happened and told an employee at the store.

As the temperatures were well above 90 degrees, it's unlikely the puppies would have survived much longer if John did not find them, Welsh said.

"The Good Samaritan played a major role in saving theses puppies' lives", Department of Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer said. "This was a shameful act".

"Most of the dogs appeared to be in somewhat healthy condition, but some were aggressive or fearful", John Welsh, of Riverside County Animal Services, said in a news release. "I think the puppies were yelping or crying and that's what attracted him to the trash can".

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