Woman Busted In Viral Puppies Dumping Case [VIDEO]

CBS News reports:

A woman has been arrested for allegedly throwing a bag containing seven newborn puppies into a Southern California dumpster. Riverside County Animal Services arrested 54-year-old Deborah Culwell on Monday at her Coachella home, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Surveillance video showed a woman get out of a car and drop a bag containing the pups into a dumpster behind an auto parts store on Thursday. Investigators say the bag was sealed and cavalierly tossed into the bin, causing Animal Services to term the case one of “willful act of animal cruelty.”

The New York Daily News reports:

Authorities said they recovered an additional 30 dogs at the home of the suspect. A Riverside Animal Control official told the radio station that Culwell could face felony charges. The dumped dogs would have died in the heat within an hour if they had not been plucked from the waste bin, authorities said.

Animal Control has been caring for the dogs since taking them in, but will soon hand them off to Southern California-based MeoowzResQ, cat rescue focused on fostering, who will take over caring for the additional puppies and older dogs found at Culwell’s home.