Riverside County Animal Services has coordinated the rescue  of dozens of dogs from a home in Cabazon.

72 dog were taken from a home where a woman in her 80’s with early dementia was caring for the dogs.

The woman’s daughter brought all the dogs to the County Animal Campus in San Jacinto, after calling County officials and asking for help.

The dogs have been examined and are in good health.

This is not an animal cruelty case, because the dogs were well-fed and cared for, albeit in far-from-ideal circumstances, said Lt. Lesley Huennekens, who initiated the assistance plan.

“This was an example of someone who was truly in need of our help,” Lt. Huennekens said. “The daughter inherited a very troubling situation. She did the right thing by seeking our guidance and assistance.”

Three longstanding rescue organizations agreed to be partners in assisting Animal Services, arriving at the shelter in San Jacinto at 8 in the morning on Wednesday November 16th 2022 to begin loading up the mostly small pooches, mostly terrier mixes with a few were  Chinese crested, a unique breed of hairless dog.

All but one dog went to the rescue partners. Animal Services officer Marcel Martinez adopted one of the Chinese crested dogs.

“The staff did a great job coordinating this unique situation,” Animal Services Director Erin Gettis said. “These can be overwhelming problems for family members to deal with, so we’re here to help. Our only hope is that, if possible, relatives do as much as they can as early as they can to prevent a situation like this from getting out of hand. Spay and neutering could have prevented much of this situation significantly.”

No word  if the elderly woman was able to keep any of the dogs.


Photo and video from Riverside County Animal Services Dept.