Woman accused of dumping bag of puppies near dumpster arrested

Clay Curtis
April 23, 2019

A concerned passerby who witnessed the incident proceeded to rummage through the dumpster and fish out the bag.

Culwell was seen in the video leaving the seven newborn puppies in a plastic bag near a dumpster behind a NAPA Auto Parts store on Thursday afternoon, according to Riverside County Animal Services.

Police arrested Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, outside her Coachella home, according to Riverside County Animal Services spokesperson John Welsh. Security footage from surveillance cameras installed at the store show the woman getting out of a Jeep carrying a bag.

A store employee later found the pooches in scorching 90-degree temperatures and contacted Riverside County Animal Services.

A law enforcement source told TMZ that the woman will be facing seven charges of animal cruelty and could spend up to six years behind bars if she is convicted.

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Reports suggest that seven terrier mixes puppies were found in the bag.

He said: "There is no excuse for dumping puppies".

Mayer condemned the woman's behavior as "despicable", adding that he and his colleagues were communicating with Riverside County Sheriff's investigators and the district attorney's office to build a "strong" animal cruelty case.

"If not for the Good Samaritan's actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer", the release stated. "This was a shameful act".

The puppies, which were believed to be about three-days-old, were nursed back to health by a team of veterinarians and given to an animal rescue group.

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