Riverside County Animal Services officials estimate that this woman left seven puppies in a plastic bag near a trash bin in Coachella on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo: Riverside County Animal Service)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – A woman who dropped a bag containing seven 3-day-old puppies behind a car parts store at Coachella Thursday is being sought by the Riverside County Animal Control and Regulatory Officers.

According to officials, a store surveillance video shows a woman with long black hair, dressed in a tank top and a dark blue or black skirt, pulled in a jeep near a wastebasket in front of Napa Auto Parts at 49251 Grapefruit Blvd. just after 13h

The video shows the woman coming out of the vehicle with a plastic bag. She went to a trash can used for recycling materials, opened the lid, then dropped the bag and ran away, animal protection officials said Friday in a statement. Press.

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A passerby saw the incident and contacted a store employee, who called the Riverside County Animal Services Department. The officer José Cisneros arrived shortly before 14 hours. and collected puppies, it is believed to be a terrier mix.

The puppies were brought to a Riverside County Wildlife Campus where veterinarians were treating them. MeoowzResQ, a rescue group specializing in kitten and cat rescue in southern California, has partnered with animal support services to breed puppies and take on tasks related to breeding. 39, bottle feeding.

The temperatures at Coachella Thursday were in the mid-90s and if passersby did not stop to find the puppies, they would probably be dead from heat, animal service officials said.

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"The good Samaritan played a major role in saving the lives of these puppies," said Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer. "His actions were human and heroic."

Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said no arrests had been made, but the woman suspected of cruelty to animals is being sought.

Mayer called the actions of this woman "despicable". He and the department work with the District Attorney's Office and the Riverside County District Sheriff's Office to find and arrest the woman.

This is the second case of puppy spill in Riverside County in one month. In March, animal services reported that two puppies were found in a garbage bin at Desert Recycling in Thousand Palms.

Dehydrated and malnourished, they were taken to the Animal Coachella Valley Campus in Mille Palms, where they were cared for by veterinarians.

"There is no excuse for dumping puppies," Mayer said. "Especially at the age of today, when we or other shelters would be willing to turn these animals into adoptive parents or rescue partners. It was a shameful act. "

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

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