Animal Cruelty, Puppies found in a plastic bag behind Rite Aid in El Centro


el-centro-police-department-logoEL CENTRO – On March 9, 2015, an Animal Control officer from the El Centro Police Department responded to a call at 1501 Main Street which is the Rite Aid store. A caller reported injured animals in the rear of the location near the large trash dumpster. On scene the Animal Control officer found three puppies that were in a plastic bag. The animals were obviously injured/mutilated and it appeared that the injuries were intentionally inflicted. The puppies were taken to an area veterinarian’s office where unfortunately they had to be euthanized due to the likelihood that they would not have been able to recover from their injuries. A crime report was completed and the case assigned to the El Centro Police Department Investigations  Division.


At the time the puppies were located and taken to the vet, it is believed that they were only three days old. The possible breed of the puppies in question were Chihuahuas or Chihuahua mix, (based on size and appearance) one had black fur and the others had white fur. The injuries they sustained were approximately a day old when they were discovered. The ECPD investigator, Detective Luis Hernandez, was assigned to the case and has been working diligently on this case since it  was received. At this point the ECPD is reaching out to the public for assistance and information in this case that would lead to the identification and prosecution of the suspects responsible in this case. Anyone who is aware of a pet owner that had/has a small Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix that may have had puppies around the 6th of March, is encouraged to contact the El Centro Police Department. Detective Hernandez can be reached at his desk phone (760)337-4864 or emailed to


A private organization, working independently of the El Centro Police Department but communicating with ECPD for their effort, is offering a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible in this case (as identified by the ECPD). Those members of the public who would wish to donate are being asked to do so by going to the First Imperial Credit Union located at 1602 Main Street in El Centro and donate to the “Justice for the Puppies” fund.


  1. Come on people let’s put our heads together and drop a dime on whoever did this. If they did it once, they will do it again! The only thing evil needs in the world to progress is for good people to do nothing! Thank you to people who started the reward fund, and for those who have contributed.

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