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Council Membership
City of Indian Wells
Mayor Ty Peabody, Chairman
Mayor Pro Tem Dana Reed (Alternate)

City of La Quinta
Councilmember John Pena, Vice Chair
Mayor Pro Tem Kristy Franklin (Alternate)

City of Cathedral City
Councilmember Mark Carnevale
Mayor Stan Henry (Alternate)
Earl Moss, Police Captain (Alternate)

City of Coachella
Councilmember Betty Sanchez
David Garcia (Alternate)

City of Desert Hot Springs
Councilmember Joe McKee

City of Indio
Councilmember Michael Wilson
Jason Chan (Alternate)

City of Palm Desert
Frankie Riddle

City of Rancho Mirage
Mayor G. Dana Hobart
Mayor Pro Tem Ted Weill (Alternate)

County of Riverside
Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit
Pat Cooper, Legislative Assistant (Alternate)
Fifth District Supervisor Marion Ashley

Animal Samaritans
Len D. Betz, President, Ex-Oficio

Palm Springs Animal Shelter
Dr. Shayda Ahkami, Shelter Director
Stephen S. Boyd, President

Friends of Palm Springs Animal Shelter
Tamara Hedges, Vice President, Ex-Oficio

County Staff
Laurie Dozier, Interim Executive Assistant I


Coachella Valley Animal Campus Commission

The Coachella Valley Animal Campus, located in Thousand Palms at 72-050 Petland Place, opened in 2005.  The facility is a partnership with Riverside County Department of Animal Services, Animal Samaritans and the Coachella Valley cities of Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.  The Coachella Valley Animal Campus Commission is comprised of one representative from each member city and county staff.


Commission Membership

The members of the Animal Commission are appointed by cities.  A current list of Commission members may be found on the left sidebar.


Meeting Schedule

The Animal Commission meets bi-monthly on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting is held at the Animal Campus, 72-050 Petland Place, Thousand Palms.

To add an item to the agenda, please contact Laurie Dozier at the Department of Animal Services, 951-358-7442 or via email,



Coachella Valley Animal Campus
Riverside County Department of Animal Services

Coachella Valley Animal Campus

Meeting Agendas
January 12, 2017
Meeting Minutes
September 8, 2016
July 14, 2016
May 12, 2016


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