• City of Banning to handle its own stray animals

     A contract between Riverside County Animal Services with the city of Banning expired on June 30.  That means the county’s animal control officers will not be patrolling Banning city limits from now on. The city is now handling its own strays and the pets will be heading to the city’s shelter.  Pet owners seeking to […]

  • City of Banning Implements Independent Animal Control

    The city of Banning implemented local management of animal control services Thursday, ending a contract with Riverside County. The Banning City Council opted not to renew its three-year agreement with the Department of Animal Services after the 2020-21 fiscal year, believing local control was sufficient to serve residents’ needs. The new fiscal year started Thursday. […]

  • Animal Services Receives $10K Grant to Assist Pet Owners

    RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A nonprofit organization focused on protecting dogs and cats awarded a $10,000 grant to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services to cover costs for spay/neuter surgeries and other procedures for pets whose owners who may not be able to pay for them, it was announced Tuesday. The Animal Solutions Konnection — […]

  • Two Dogs Found Caged in Storage Unit Without Food or Water

    A Riverside rental property where two dogs were found caged inside a padlocked storage shed, starving and lacking water, was the focus of an investigation Tuesday by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. Agency spokesman John Welsh said animal control officers were alerted Saturday night to potentially injured canines in a shed adjacent to […]

  • Australian woman finds huge Burmese python on her porch

    (CNN) — Australia is famously home to all sorts of exotic animals, including snakes. However, one woman was still shocked to find a 4.5-meter (14.8-foot) albino Burmese python on her front porch in Oxenford, Queensland, on Monday. The 50-kilogram (110-pound) snake was large enough to eat a dog, and removing the animal required the specialist skills of snake […]

  • Perris Exotic Animal Farm Burglarized, Llamas Stolen

    An exotic animal farm in Perris was burglarized Monday, resulting in about two dozen llamas being stolen and other creatures being turned loose, possibly by animal rights activists. The break-in occurred during the predawn hours at the 14-acre private facility near Orange Avenue and Murrieta Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “We received […]

  • Palm Springs Man Convicted of Killing Animals at Large

    A 57-year-old Palm Springs man who locked dogs and cats in a moving truck and a storage unit, causing some of them to die, was sought Tuesday by law enforcement officials after he failed to appear for a hearing in Riverside. Douglas John Yates was convicted last week of 20 counts of felony animal cruelty […]

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