NORTH SHORE (CNS) - The county's Department of Animal Services today announced that 50 stray or free-roaming dogs were recently impounded during a pair of sweeps in North Shore, where animal control officials say dogs on the loose have been an ongoing public safety concern.
The early morning operations conducted last month resulted in 37 dogs picked up Jan. 17 and 13 impounded Jan. 31, with 19 citations also handed out to residents for failure to license pets, non-compliance with spay, neuter, and vaccine requirements, and allowing pets to run at large, said department spokesman John Welsh.
The issue of roaming dogs in the area was brought to the forefront on Sept. 8, 2015, when North Shore resident Emilio Rios, 65, was killed and his neighbor, Luisa Rodriguez, was seriously injured after they were attacked by two pit bulls, prompting a similar pair of sweeps in North Shore and Mecca that led to nearly 65 dogs impounded and more than 30 citations issued to locals.
According to Welsh, the department has also sent spay and neuter buses to the Mecca area on a monthly basis since October 2015. Animals up to 50 pounds can be spayed or neutered at no cost.
The next visit for the spay or neuter bus is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Mecca Family Service Center & Community Health Clinic, 91275 Avenue 66. Mecca and North Shore residents must schedule an appointment by calling (951) 358-7335 or emailing shelterinforivco.org .
Residents experiencing problems with roaming dogs were urged to call the Coachella Valley Animal Campus at (760) 343-3644 to report issues.
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