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PETITION TARGET: Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin

UPDATE: On August 14, 2019, Deborah Sue Culwell pleaded guilty to all animal cruelty charges she faced. Culwell was sentenced to 365 days in county jail (90 of those days will be under a work release). After she completes her jail sentence, Culwell will be on probation for seven years and prohibited from possessing animals. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition urging for the prosecutors to charge her to the fullest extent of the law.


In a sickening case of animal cruelty, a litter of newborn puppies was placed into a bag and carelessly tossed beside a dumpster behind a Napa Auto Parts store in Coachella, California.

The seven helpless puppies were discovered by a passerby about an hour after they were abandoned in the blistering heat.

“If not for the Good Samaritan’s actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer. The mid-day temperatures in Coachella on Thursday were in the mid-90s range,” the Riverside County Animal Services stated in a Facebook post.

Police arrested 54-year-old Deborah Sue Culwell on seven counts of felony animal cruelty after she was identified as the suspect in surveillance footage of the horrific act. Around 30 dogs were removed from Culwell’s home and transported to a shelter.

It is imperative to hold the person who committed this crime responsible, to prevent more innocent dogs from suffering at their hands.

Sign this petition urging Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin to prosecute Culwell to the fullest extent of the law, and to impose a lifetime ban on her having any more animals.