Animal Services Impounds 29 Dogs in Sweep of North Shore and Mecca Communities

News Release


Sep 28

Animal Services Impounds 29 Dogs in Sweep of North Shore and Mecca Communities

NORTH SHORE – The Riverside County Department of Animal Services today conducted an intensive sweep aimed at capturing stray animals that roam the unincorporated communities of North Shore and Mecca.

The effort began at 6:25 a.m., with nine animal control trucks and a lead vehicle. County animal control officers impounded 20 dogs from North Shore, nine dogs from Mecca, and one cat from the North Shore area. Of the dogs captured, about half a dozen were pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

Following the Sept. 8 dog attack that took the life of North Shore resident Emilio Rios, the Department of Animal Services coordinated its staff and resources to plan a visible, early morning sweep through the community to improve safety

“The Department of Animal Services did a great job today in capturing dogs that have been running loose in the area,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I appreciate their stepped-up efforts and focused attention to the North Shore and Mecca communities to make these neighborhoods safer for everyone.”

The department issued 22 citations to residents for various violations, including failure to license and microchip their pets.

The animals were transported to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. Animal services staff will evaluate the dogs for injuries and health issues. The owners can claim their pets. The owners will be subject to impound fees and other applicable fees if the pet is not current with vaccinations.

If the dogs remain unclaimed, animal services staff will further assess the dogs’ suitability for adoption.

The department also brought out a mobile spay and neuter bus to promote the free spay and neuter program. Utilizing grant funding, the department will provide spay and neuter services for animals up to 50 pounds at no charge to residents of Mecca and North Shore. Residents of Mecca and North Shore can call 951-358-7387 to schedule an appointment. They can also send an email to to request to be contacted about this program.

The department will attend the Oct. 7 Mecca-North Shore Community Council meeting to give an update and answer questions.

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