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By Diane Sieker

Riverside County Animal Control and Code Enforcement join forces to clean up property


Last updated 2/21/2019 at 2:41pm

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Riverside County deputies keep the peace at the multiagency clean up on a property off Fletcher Road in Anza.

In the early morning hours Thursday, Feb. 7, Code Enforcement Officers, Department of Animal Services personnel, sheriffs and a fleet of tow trucks and semi tractors hauling lowboy trailers descended upon a property located off Fletcher Road in Anza.

The gathering's purpose was to coordinate and to execute a massive clean up of a parcel that had been in violation of county ordinances for years. The landowner cooperated fully with law enforcement to accomplish this goal. The property is well-known locally for being a homeless encampment with a dog-hoarding issue.

Decaying motorhomes, trailers, boats, trash, scrap, tires and junk cars littered the property. Squatters were in residence, as well as loose dogs and litters of puppies. The animals appeared well-fed but were living in harsh conditions with no vaccinations or other care. They had also been reproducing at an increasing rate.

Code Enforcement guided the wreckers to the various cars, trucks and RVs for loading, transport and disposal. All vehicles were required to be dismantled and scrapped.

Animal Services laid humane traps for some dogs and gathered up the puppies for the ride to the shelter. All the animals found on the property were handled humanely and carefully.

A deputy sheriff was on hand to ensure everyone's safety. The cleanup was accomplished with no incidents.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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