California woman arrested after dumping 7 puppies in the trash, authorities say

Police arrest woman in connection to California puppy-dumpster case

Cops have made an arrest in the puppy-dumpster case in Coachella California

A woman who allegedly threw a bag filled with puppies into a trash bin in Coachella has been arrested.

On late Monday afternoon, Riverside County Sheriff's Department arrested Deborah Sue Culwell, 55, at her home in Coachella, Riverside County Animal Services' Senior Public Information Specialist John Welsh confirms to PEOPLE.

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It's not immediately clear when or if the dogs will be available for adoption, as they are considered "confiscated animals", Welsh said.

Investigators said there were seven puppies in the bag - all believed to be terrier mixes and around 3 days old, and now doing well in the care of a foster volunteer.

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Authorities have also now discovered dozens of dogs living in her home.

Culwell potentially faces up to seven counts of animal cruelty, according to Animal Service.

She remained jailed. It was unclear whether she had an attorney.

Riverside County Animal Services has not responded to requests about whether the puppies' mother was among 38 dogs found inside Culwell's home and whether she has been reunited with her litter.

Another dog who was rescued from Culwell's home is seen in a photo from Animal Services.

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He said: "There is no excuse for dumping puppies". The temperature was in the low 90s that day, and the puppies were near death when animal control officers arrived. "This was a shameful act".

They found 38 dogs at the residence and "most of the dogs appeared to be in somewhat healthy condition, but some were aggressive or fearful", the county's release states, adding that the "house was in a state of disrepair".

"He just happened to be in the right spot at the right time", he said. Veterinarians then treated the puppies and animal services transferred them to a local rescue group that is caring for them.

Mayer said that the good Samaritan may have saved the puppies lives and called his actions 'heroic'.

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