Animal Services Returns to North Shore and Mecca, Impounds 34 Dogs in Sweep
NORTH SHORE – The Riverside County Department of Animal Services today returned to the eastern Coachella Valley to conduct another early morning sweep of stray animals that roam the unincorporated communities of North Shore and Mecca.
The effort began at 6 a.m., with nine animal control trucks. County animal control officers impounded 14 dogs from North Shore and 20 dogs from Mecca. The department issued 10 citations to residents.
“I was pleased to observe Animal Services’ successful sweep in North Shore today,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I commend the department for being responsive to our constituents and for their focused and proactive efforts to enforce county ordinances and make the streets safer for children, senior citizens and families.”
The dogs were transported to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. Animal services staff encourage pet owners to go to the shelter and claim their pets right away. The owners will be subject to fees associated with being out of compliance with licensing and vaccines, but the department is willing and ready to work with pet owners so they can be reunited with their pets.
Following the Sept. 8 dog attack that took the life of North Shore resident Emilio Rios and injured another resident, the Department of Animal Services has coordinated its staff and resources to improve safety in the community. The department conducted an intensive sweep on Sept. 28 that resulted in impounds of 29 dogs and one cat.
On Oct. 28, the department will bring a bus to Mecca to perform free spay and neuter services and vaccines. The mobile spay and neuter bus will be parked at the Mecca Family Service Center & Community Health Clinic at 91-275 66th Avenue, Mecca, CA.
Residents of Mecca and North Shore must call 951-358-7331 to schedule an appointment. Check in will start at 8 a.m. and pick-up will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The department will only be able to alter dogs under 50 pounds.