A woman has been arrested after video footage allegedly showed her throwing a bag of three-day-old puppies into a skip.
By, 23 Apr 2019
Riverside County Animal Services subsequently found nearly forty dogs living in substandard conditions in the woman’s home in Coachella, California.
How many dogs is too many dogs?
Most of us would happily welcome more dogs into our lives by instinct – but a wise moment’s reflection reminds us that there are only so many living creatures to whom we have the capacity to offer such love and care.
For Deborah Sue Culwell, the number of dogs at which she draws the line appears to be 38.
Authorities said that following her arrest they found 38 unfriendly dogs in Culwell’s home and “not in great condition,” according to CNN.
It is not known whether they were kept for breeding – nor why the seven puppies were destined for the skip.
Surveillance video caught the woman apparently in the act of condemning the three-day-old pups to an undignified death. But the act might have been missed altogether had a passer-by, ‘John,’ not discovered the bag of pooches behind the NAPA Auto Parts shop at 49251 Grapefruit Blvd.
Riverside County Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer made the arrest, and the pups have since been relocated to Coachella Valley Animal Campus - although it is not known what they will study.
‘No excuse for dumping puppies’
Culwell, 54, could be charged with up to seven counts of animal cruelty.
“There is no excuse for dumping puppies,” said Mayer in a press release. “Especially in today’s age when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners. This was a shameful act.”
Mayer is now building a case against Culwell. Curiously, the footage shows her dropping recycling into an adjacent recycling container before disposing of the dogs less thoughtfully.
Meanwhile, the pups can thank John the mysterious passer-by for their lives.
“If not for the Good Samaritan's actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer,” according to Riverside’s press release.