Nearly three dozen dogs were seized from a Jurupa Valley residence where they were confined to enclosures filled with feces and mud, suffering eye problems and other maladies, leaving one canine in dire need of veterinary care, authorities said today.
“These dogs were left in absolutely shameful conditions,” Riverside County Department of Animal Services Director Rob Miller said.
According to agency spokesman John Welsh, 18 dogs were discovered Monday at the residence on Chris Court after a concerned homeowner reported that an animal at the property had been attacked and injured by the other canines.
Animal control officers located the 7-year-old female terrier mix with wounds that required immediate attention, Welsh said.
He said a search of the property revealed 17 other dogs crammed into cages and having to sleep and eat in their own excrement.
“One of the dogs had mud caked in its eyes so badly — it was the worst such case I’ve seen in my career,” veterinarian Karen Moreland said.
Some of the dogs had mud and feces embedded in their coats.
Welsh said veterinary technicians medicated, washed and trimmed the fur on the canines.
The resident of the property and dogs’ presumed owner could not be immediately located, but animal control officers and sheriff’s deputies were trying to identify the person.
There are plans to submit an animal cruelty case to the District Attorney’s Office, according to Welsh.
He said that because they are “confiscated pets,” none of the dogs are available for adoption at this time.