by Kelly Rodriguez
EL CENTRO â€”April is Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsÂ month and the Humane Society of Imperial County is very passionate about this importantÂ topic.Â Media has been abuzzÂ recentlyÂ about theÂ MarchÂ discoveryÂ of the fourÂ newborn puppies that were foundÂ mutilated in a trash bag next to a trash bin behindÂ Rite AidÂ in El Centro.
The malicious attacks on these days-old puppies were deliberate and intentional.Â Â The surviving puppies requiredÂ euthanizationÂ as it was believed they could not recover from the extent of their injuries.Â Â This is the first recorded case of puppy mutilation to this degree in the Imperial Valley.
This recent act of barbarism has stirred so much emotion thatÂ community supporters formedÂ a committee entitled Justice for the Puppies.Â They are offering a $2,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this atrocity.
â€œThe intent is not only to bring these puppies’Â killer to justice, but to make the public aware that this behavior is inexcusable,â€Â said committee member and Humane Society Director DevonÂ Apodaca.
Donations are still being taken at the Imperial Credit Union.Â The more money they collect, the higher the reward.Â As of today there are no leads,Â yetÂ the investigationÂ continues.Â If anyone has any details regarding this case, please call the El Centro Police Department at 760-352-2111.Â Â Any one requesting more information regarding Justice for the Puppies can call the shelter at 760-352-1911.
â€œKeep your eyes and ears open.Â If you see any evidence of animal abuse please report it.Â Call the Humane Society or Animal ControlÂ whoâ€™sÂ officers deal with animal abuse cases,â€Mr.Â ApodacaÂ urged the public.
The Humane Society of Imperial County would like the public to be aware that animal abuse includes conditions such as tying dogs up, not providing enough shade, no food or water, improper housing,Â There is a tethering law which allows a dog to be tethered for no more than three hours per day.Â The shelter receives reports on a daily basisÂ ofÂ animal abuse and neglect.
â€œItâ€™s not okay.Â If youâ€™re going to have a pet, you need to respect them and take care of themâ€ stated Mr.Â Apodaca.Â He also saidÂ that the number one reason dogs roam is because they are looking for a mate.Â Just by simply spaying or neutering your pet, would significantly cut down on roaming.Â Another reason animals roam is because they are not getting enough attention.Â They want to be included in part of your family, but if they do not feel welcomed, they will look elsewhere.
If you are looking to adopt a fur baby, the Humane Society of Imperial County has numerous dogs and cats awaiting your loving arms.Â They have multiple adoption events monthlyÂ onÂ the first Saturday of each month at Tractor Supply, several atÂ Petco, and of course daily at the shelter.Â They will also be at the Childrenâ€™s Fair on the 18thÂ at Bucklin Park.Â They hope to see you there.
LOST YOUR CAT OR DOG?
CALL ANIMAL CONTROL
El Centro Animal Control Police Dept……….Â 760-352-2111
County Animal Controlâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦ 760-339-6291Â
Brawley Animal Controlâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦. 760-344-5800, ext. 10Â
Holtville Animal Controlâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦. 760-356-2912Â
Calexico Animal Controlâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦…â€¦.. 760-768-1861Â
Imperial Police Deptâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦. 760-355-4327Â
Westmorland Animal Controlâ€¦â€¦â€¦. 760-344-3411