PICTURED: Six newborn puppies that survived being thrown in the trash at Coachella – as officials prepare to put 38 dogs found in the owner’s home up for adoption
- Six surviving puppies are said to be thriving and gaining weight in the care of foster volunteer
- Seventh puppy rescued from dumpster in Coachella died last week
- Owner Deborah Culwell told investigators the puppies came form two litters
- Culwell, 54, relinquished control of the 38 dogs that were seized from her home after her arrest; all will be made available for adoption
- She faces seven counts of animal cruelty after allegedly tossing the three-day-old puppies in the trash in 90-degree heat in Coachella, California
- Puppies were rescued by homeless person going through the trash
Animal services in California on Monday released a heart-warming collage showing six of the seven puppies that were rescued from a dumpster at Coachella nearly two weeks ago looking healthy.
In the image posted on Facebook by the Riverside County Animal Services, two of the six surviving terrier mix pups have their eyes open. They are currently being cared for by foster volunteer Noni Boen Schirm.
‘All 6 are doing very well and have continued to gain weight/thrive,’ Schirm wrote in a social media post.
But a seventh puppy that was found in the trash in 90-degree heat on April 18 has died.
Camera-ready: This collage shows the six surviving puppies that were rescued from a dumpster at Coachella nearly two weeks ago
This image shows three of the 38 dogs that were seized from the home of Deborah Culwell after her arrest on animal cruelty charges last week
The Riverside County Animal Services revealed that the woman accused of throwing the puppies in the dumpster, 54-year-old Deborah Culwell, has relinquished control of the 38 dogs that were seized from her home after her arrest last week.
Culwell, 54, has relinquished control of her dogs, allowing them to be made available for adoption
The impounded dogs remain at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. All the animals will be put up for adoption or transfer to rescue groups this week, after undergoing spay and neuter surgeries.
The statement from the county animal services agency also revealed has Culwell admitted that the puppies were from two separate litters.
‘We’re not surprised by the admission,’ Commander Chris Mayer said. ‘On the day we seized the dogs, we noticed that several of the dogs appeared to have had recent litters.’
Animal Services Director Allan Drusys, the county’s chief veterinarian, said there are no plans to reintroduce the puppies to their two mothers.
‘The woman who has graciously dedicated many hours and a fair amount of her own money toward these abandoned puppies is doing a great job,’ said Dr. Drusys. ‘We don’t want to interrupt her wonderful work with the two mothers, especially since time has passed and the mothers may reject the pups at this stage.’
Culwell was arrested on April 22 at her Coachella Valley home on seven count of animal cruelty after allegedly being caught on surveillance video tossing the seven puppies in the trash outside Napa Auto Parts store.
Noni Boen Schirm revealed that the runt of the littler has died after being tossed in to a plastic bag and thrown in a dumpster behind Napa Auto Parts as festival-goers flocked to the area this month (it is not clear which puppy has died from the group above although the carer said it was a lighter colored one)
One of the puppies rescued from a dumpster in Coachella died Wednesday but the carer said the six remaining dogs are doing well
On April 18, surveillance footage released by the Riverside County Animal Services showed a woman (pictured) stepping out of a white Jeep, peering into a dumpster used for recyclables, then dropping the bag filled with the puppies inside
Fortunately, the puppies were rescued a short time later by a homeless man rooting through the trash, who left them outside the store.
Authorities said that none of the puppies would have survived the 90-degree heat had they not been found within an hour of being dumped.
Noni Schirm has been nursing the rescued puppies back to health
Schirm, who took in the puppies, said that she was immediately concerned about the runt, which appeared to be ‘pale and kind of flat looking.’
‘I think he was the cushion that saved his siblings. As the lady threw them in the bag, I think he was at the bottom and took the hit when all of his siblings landed on him.’
Revealing the sad news on April 25, Schirm insisted she did everything she could.
‘I gave it everything I had in me, but he never grew. He never recovered. I wanted so much for him to make it and we all were rooting for him. Schirm gave him so much love, but I guess god had other plans *fly free my baby* the other 6 are doing good so far, I hope that they’ll hold on and keep thriving. Here is their update on the remaining 6.’
The news came alongside a video of the puppies wriggling around in a pile.
i lost the little tiny runt yesterday… my heart is so broken. he was just so weak and held on for as long as he could ? when i got him he was pale and kind of flat looking, so i think he was the cushion that saved his siblings. as the lady threw them in the bag, i think he was at the bottom and took the hit when all of his siblings landed on him. i gave it everything i had in me, but he never grew. he never recovered. i wanted so much for him to make it and we all were rooting for him. we gave him so much love, but i guess god had other plans *fly free my baby* the other 6 are doing good so far, i hope that they’ll hold on and keep thriving. here is their update on the remaining 6 ❤
The puppies are now being cared for at an Orange County rescue shelter
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the cruelty allegations against Culwell.
Officials say her home was ‘overrun with dogs and in a state of despair’.
Disturbing images showed the petrified looking dogs hiding under broken furniture.
the riverside 7 – just fed and back to their zzz pile ❤?❤
Officials say they found 38 other dogs at Culwell’s Coachella home after she was arrested Monday for allegedly dumping seven puppies in the trash
Disturbing images show petrified looking animals hiding under broken furniture in the filthy home which officials say was ‘overrun with dogs and in a state of despair’
Culwell (pictured), 54, has been arrested on suspicion of dumping seven newborn puppies in the trash in the 90F Coachella heat, authorities have confirmed
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