The SPCA Offers $1,000 Reward in Abandoned Dog Case

The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abandoned a dog in Monterey today.

The terrier mix was found by a local resident inside a taped-up diaper box at 900 Cass Street. He is approximately one or two years old and matted, dirty, and dehydrated.

The dog, named Linus by the SPCA, was immediately examined by a veterinarian and is now resting comfortably with clean water, fresh food, and cozy bedding.

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A Queen’s Life

Our feeds are filled with news related to shootings and fires. We can’t even catch a small break in the world of sports, an escape for many. The Golden State Warriors, who’ve brought nothing but joy, championships and parades in recent years, are fighting with each other!

We need something warm and snuggly. Meet Coco whose name alone fits the bill and that’s just the beginning.

I first learned of Coco over the weekend. Her adopter posted this on our Facebook page:

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Camp, Woolsey, and Hill Fire Rescue

Our hearts are with our friends in Butte County and Ventura County as they fight devastating wildfires. Today, a team from the SPCA traveled to Butte County to take in cats and dogs who were in shelters before the fire began in order to give their local shelters room for more fire evacuees. We have also offered assistance to Ventura County Animal Services and we have a skilled animal rescue team ready to rescue animals from fire areas once requested.

The SPCA took in 21 cats and kittens (including eight feral cats), five dogs, and one puppy.  Twenty five of the pets were in the shelter before the fires began, and two were surrendered by their owners who could no longer keep them. Pets who were lost during the fire are still in Butte County to give their owners the chance to be reunited.

These 27 pets will be placed up for adoption after we provide veterinary treatment, vaccinations, and spay or neuter surgeries. You can help by adopting one of the 112 animals currently in our shelter looking for homes to help make room for more animals in need. Right now, all cats five months and older can be adopted for no fee.

How You Can Help:

Prepare for a Disaster. Please take a moment to create a disaster plan and kits for your family, including your pets. A fire or other disaster could happen here at any time.

Adopt. Help us make room for more animals in need by adopting today.

Donate to help animals (Camp Fire)
Please note this is a short list of the lead agencies involved in fire rescues. Your gifts will be graciously accepted by all organizations involved. If you know of another organization working to help animals in this fire, please list them below.

Donate to help animals (Woolsey & Hill Fires)
Please note this is a short list of the lead agencies involved in fire rescues. Your gifts will be graciously accepted by all organizations involved. If you know of another organization working to help animals in this fire, please list them below.

Please Don’t Self-Deploy to Help. While it’s hard to watch disasters like this from far away, often well-meaning volunteers can cause unintentional hardships by arriving unexpectedly in active disaster areas. If you want to help, monetary donations are usually best as the organizations receiving the donation can use it for the most vital need. If you would like to volunteer in person, please work through a local organization and receive an invitation first. This way, they will know you are coming and have a specific, purposeful role for you to fill. With very few exceptions, disaster areas are closed to anyone besides local residents, law enforcement and first responders, insurance agents, and certified disaster response teams. If you have not been officially deployed, law enforcement will most likely turn you away.

SPCA Offers Reward for Information after Two Horses Found Deceased

The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of two horses.

On October 17, the SPCA for Monterey County received a report of two deceased horses at a property on Strawberry Road in Royal Oaks, CA. Upon our officer’s arrival that day, she located two badly decomposed horse carcasses inside two separate horse stalls. The caretaker for the two horses was later identified as Benjamin Montano Hernandez.

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Revisiting Humane Investigations

This week, I’m going back to a familiar topic: our Humane Investigations work. With apologies, I’m going to rant a little.

First, the background. As avid readers of this blog know, The SPCA for Monterey County investigates animal cruelty reports and complaints. We do this by choice because the animals need us and because this work aligns with our nonprofit mission. We do not receive government funding or tax dollars for this work, and it is not required by law. This vital, compassionate, and often heartbreaking work is made entirely possibly by donations.

The SPCA is the only organization or agency in Monterey County which employs officers specifically trained for this work. Last year, we responded to nearly 1,000 calls. Cases that have merit — those with evidence of a crime and a person known to have committed it — are related to California Penal Code 597, the section in our penal code that covers crimes against animals. We encounter far more people who unintentionally harm animals than those who do so maliciously and intentionally. Cases involving unintentional neglect can often be resolved by our officers through education.

Another challenging aspect of this work involves educating the community about what we are and, equally important, what we aren’t. A common misconception is that we are the same as local law enforcement — the police and sheriffs. In one way yes; in most ways, no.

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