Pets in Need, Palo Alto’s contracted animal products and services company, is a no-kill shelter, but three of its workers have now been cited and are getting billed with animal cruelty and neglect in the fatalities of seven puppies, a press launch from Palo Alto police mentioned Tuesday.
The puppies died throughout transport from the Central Valley on Aug. 2. The three staff members experienced taken a Pets in Have to have van, a 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, to the Central Valley to decide on up additional animals that could not be accommodated at other shelters or that had been not effectively adopted. The transportation excursions are a plan activity for Animals In Have to have, which delivers the animals to its community facilities to place up for adoption, law enforcement stated.
The workforce ended up long gone for a number of several hours during the Aug. 2 trip and had picked up 27 puppies together with the puppies. The youthful Labrador/pit bull-blend canines were being 3- to 4-thirty day period old siblings and weighed about 9 lbs each individual.
The van lacked air conditioning in the rear cargo space, and the employees did not deliver water for the canine throughout transport, law enforcement said. The temperature in the Central Valley that afternoon was in the vary of 90 to 100 levels.
The workers documented that none of the animals appeared distressed when they checked them for the duration of a quit for gas in Los Banos on the return to Palo Alto. When they arrived at the Palo Alto shelter at 3281 E. Bayshore Highway, on the other hand, Pets In Need personnel located 7 puppies were unresponsive. The staff members right away summoned help from veterinary staff, who unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate the puppies. All of the other pet dogs in the van survived, police mentioned.
Next a police investigation, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Place of work selected to file two misdemeanor fees — animal cruelty and neglect — against every of the three workforce. A Santa Clara County Outstanding Court docket judge signed arrest warrants on Oct. 25, Detectives cited and unveiled the personnel on Oct. 26, per standard protocol for nonviolent misdemeanor warrants, police reported.
The workers are Patricia Santana Valencia, 40, of East Palo Alto, Margaret C. Evans, 36, of Fremont and Ingrid Anne Hartmann, 45, of San Carlos. Given that they were being cited and not taken to jail, no booking shots are out there, law enforcement explained.
Pets In Need to have has operated the Palo Alto Animal Shelter given that 2019 less than a contract with the city of Palo Alto. The workforce perform for Pets In Require and not for the metropolis of Palo Alto, police mentioned.
Animals in Need to have posted a assertion on its site: “Animals In Have to have has been preserving animals and conducting rescue operates for over 50 years.
“This was a tragic incident that has saddened the entire Animals In Have to have family.”
City spokeswoman Meghan Horrigan-Taylor stated in an e-mail: “This is an very regrettable incident for all involved. The town will continue on to help the District Lawyer and Animals In Will need as the functions do the job via this tricky problem.”