A 20,000 reward is being offered that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible of a deadly break-in at Jurupa Valley Animal Shelter, The Press Enterprise reported September 13. At least three dogs are dead, and 12 are missing at Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley after someone broke into the shelter and opened the kennels. Five animal advocacy organizations joined to post the reward.
“We found blood spatter everywhere. There were some blood markings that were about 3 feet off the ground. We don’t know exactly what caused that, but we don’t suspect that an animal jumped into the air and caused that blood spatter. Their deaths do not appear to be consistent with bite wounds. In other words, the bigger dogs causing the injuries to the dogs”
The Yorkshire terrier had been brought into the shelter Saturday night and was microchipped. The Chihuahua had been turned in as a stray. Now the owner of the Yorkshire, who may be looking for his dog will learn the dog is dead.
A necropsy is being performed on each dog by Dr. Allan Drusys, Riverside County’s chief veterinarian to learn the cause of death. What is known at this time is several cut locks were placed in a pile inside the shelter, which is believed to have been broken into between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Twenty-two kennels were vandalized, most likely using bolt cutters. A video surveillance camera shows a single man in dark clothing, but it’s uncertain whether an image of his face can be produced.
Shelter employees are working with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Spokesman Welch stated new security measures are expected to be discussed the first of this week. Anyone with information is asked to call 951-486-2800.