Riverside County animal control officers seized 38 stray dogs during a search operation in Mecca and the North Shore on Tuesday morning.
Field Services Commander Josh Sisler noted that the first roundup occurred around 6 a.m. near a school bus stop in Mecca where children were already present.
“We have too many free-roaming dogs,” Sisler said. “Some of these dogs exhibit a wild nature and form packs. We know how excited kids are on Halloween night to have fun. Protecting the community, especially the children, is a top priority.
Sisler said conducting such sweeps is an unfortunate but necessary public safety operation for Riverside County Animal Services.
“There are a lot of children in these communities and these sweeps are imperative to keep children safe as Halloween approaches,” Sisler said.
All of the dogs impounded today are now at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.
Officials said these sweeps typically occur twice a year in the fall, when morning temperatures are lower.
A large team of animal control officers are needed to stop the dogs from running away in the open wilderness. For example, a similar team of officers picked up 17 dogs in the Côte-Nord region at the end of September.
In addition to pounds, animal control officers issued 23 citations to owners for various infractions, including that their dog was off-leash, failed to register their dog or provide a rabies certificate, and failed to be microchipped. their pet.
Officials say a person’s dog often comes out because of broken fences. Officers repaired these fences as part of the Animal Services Healthy Pet Zone programs.
Manager Erin Gettis said she hopes such sweeps won’t be necessary as dog owners become more responsible.
“It’s important for dog owners to consider their neighbors and keep their pets inside their properties,” Gettis said. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but a dog can cause serious injury to a person and it puts the owner of the dog at legal risk.”