Coachella Woman Arrested After Bag of Puppies Dumped in Trash

Surveillance video captured it all. In Coachella, California, a woman walked out of her white jeep with a plastic bag. She peered in a dumpster before dropping the bag in between two dumpsters and getting back into her car to drive away.

It’s not out of the ordinary to throw trash in a dumpster area. But it wasn’t trash in the bag that this woman unceremoniously threw out. It was seven helpless, 3-day-old puppies.

She dumped the puppies in a trash area behind a Coachella Napa Auto Parts store — where, unfortunately for her, security cameras were rolling.

Temperatures climbed past 90 degrees this day, and the puppies began to cry in discomfort. About 10 minutes after they had been dumped, a man heard them and went to take a look, according to ABC 7. Video footage shows the man circle the dumpster before picking up the bag of puppies. He then carried the bag to the front of the store and departed.

“The good Samaritan played a major role in saving these puppies’ lives,” Riverside County Animal Service Commander Chris Mayer told ABC 7. “His actions were humane and heroic.”

Fortunately, it was only minutes before a store customer noticed the unattended bag — just in time, as officials said the pups only might have been able to survive an hour in the day’s punishing heat.

“I noticed the bag on the floor,” a store customer told ABC 7. “They were tied up in the bag, so I immediately opened the bag up a little further and I proceeded to call animal services to see what I could do with them because I just couldn’t leave them there.”

The employees at Napa Auto Parts placed the puppies in a box while the customer went to buy formula to feed them. Later, they went to a rescue organization for care.

“Little puppies, like their eyes aren’t even open yet,” Napa Auto Parts employee Jazzy Espino told ABC 7.

Not long after, the police got involved in the case.

On April 22, officers arrested 54-year-old Deborah Sue Culwell at her home. She has been charged with seven felony counts of animal cruelty.

When officers arrived to take Culwell into custody, they found the house in a state of disrepair and “overrun with other dogs,” ABC News reported. Authorities said the 38 dogs appeared to be relatively healthy, but some were afraid or aggressive.

Meanwhile, the puppies are being bottle-fed in foster care. Police are still trying to determine whether the mother of the abandoned pups is among the 38 dogs found at the residence.


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Jennifer H
Jennifer H8 days ago

Signed. Pure evil in that "woman".

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Petition signed,thanks for sharing

Vincent T
William T23 days ago

Signed, of course

Marija Mohoric
Marija Mohoric25 days ago


Jeff I
Jeff Idso26 days ago

No excuse!

M S26 days ago

Hyvä homma.

sandy Gardner
sandy Gardner26 days ago

Thanks for showing this monster!

Past Member
Past Member 27 days ago

I'm glad the babies were found in time. This monster needs to spend the rest of her miserable life in jail!!

Jack Y
Jack Y27 days ago


Jack Y
Jack Y27 days ago