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40 dogs impounded at the house of woman suspected of dumping live puppies

 

Last updated 4/23/2019 at 10:28am



INDIO - Almost 40 dogs were impounded at a woman's home as the 54-year-old remains behind bars in Indio today while seven puppies she's accused of trying to dump into a recycling bin outside a Coachella auto parts store in scorching heat were reported to be thriving in the aftermath of their rescue.

Deborah Sue Culwell of Coachella was arrested Monday at the end of a three-day search after officers were able to secure an arrest warrant, according to John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

It was "a long day for the commander to get all the ducks in a row,'' but once the arrest warrant was signed, Riverside County Department of Animal Services Cmdr. Chris Mayer drove to Culwell's residence and arrested her around 5:30 p.m. on seven suspected felony charges of animal cruelty and abandonment, Welsh said.

Animal Services also found 38 dogs at Culwell's residence, all of which were impounded as officers were "uncertain who would care for the dogs after she was arrested,'' Welsh said.

Photos from the scene show several overweight dogs that were poorly taken care of in Culwell's house with peeling floors and ravaged furniture.

Culwell remained silent when confronted by a reporter outside her home as she was taken into custody.

The seven puppies found in the dumpster, however, are thriving thanks to the help of a good Samaritan who found the puppies outside Napa Auto Parts at 49251 Grapefruit Blvd. Thursday afternoon, Welsh said.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Riverside County Animal Services at 951-358-7387.

 

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