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Pal m Spri ngs Pol i ce Department.200 S Ci vi c Dri ve. Pal m Spri ngs, CA92262
Phone (760) 323-8116
Fax (760) 323-8178
* * Alberto Franz, Chief of Police >t >t
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sergeant Mike Kovaleff, Press Information Officer
Phone: (760)323-8106 Email: Mike.Kovaleff@palmspringsca.gov
Several Dogs Rescued from Residence
On Tuesday, December 22, 2013, at approximately 8:30 AM, Animal Control Officers and Police
Officers from the Palm Springs Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the
block of d. The purpose
of the search warrant was to rescue several dogs from the
residence. Members of the Animal Rescue Corps from Washington, D.C., and members of the
Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter assisted in the rescuing of the dogs. The owner of the
dogs voluntarily sunendered 13 dogs at the residence and 2 dogs from a local veterinarian. The
dogs were all transported to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
The search warrant stemmed from a series of incidents beginning in April of 2012, involving the
report of over 20 dogs living at the location. PSPD received numerous complaints of noisy dogs, foul
odors from feces, and injured dogs. PSPD Animal Control attempted to work with the owner to
resolve these issues to no avail.
f n AugLiit ol 2o12,the owner of the dogs was issued a citation for having excessive animals and
for the feces.
In October of 2012, a complaint was sent to the Palm Springs City Attorney's Office for the review
for municipal code violations, including the excessive number of dogs, the
excessive noise from the dogs, and for the odor ofthe feces from the location. PSPD handled
additional cbmplaints at lhe location and issued citations for the violations.
On January 16,2013, a
hearing was held. An independent hearing agent heard
testimony from the owner and PSPD personnel.
The hearing agent ruled that the dogs should be
seized following the hearing.
The Palm Springs Police Department, Animal Rescue Corps, and Friends of the Palm Springs
Animal Shelter coordinated the seizure of the dogs on January 22,2013.
ALL PERSONS ARRESTED OR NAIUTED AS SUSPECTS ARE
ASSUMED INNOCENT ANTIL PROVEN GAILTYIN COURT
Wrong date. It was January 22, 2013.
This is the same shelter that refused to take the dogs less than
a week earlier.
This is totally untrue. Animal Control did nothing to work with Rutgard. They didn't offer any help or
suggestions even though they created the problem in the first place by selling him a dog that wasn't fixed.
who was hired
by and paid by
This is one of the only true statements in this document. But it doesn't address the important
questions of when and why they coordinated this "rescue". Was it really necessary to bring in 40
or so people to "rescue" 13 dogs from a man who had voluntarily tried to relinquish 9 of them less
than a week earlier? Or was this more of an opportunity for all of these organizations to appear to
be doing something heroic and/or solicit donations?
Once again the "local
veterinarian" isn't named.
Could it be because he is
also the president of the
Friends of the Palm
Springs Animal Shelter?
Sgt. Kovaleff apparently doesn't know
or care that the Palm Springs Police
Department did NOT serve a search
warrant! But why let the truth get in the
way of a good story?
(But that won't stop the Palm Springs Police Department from spreading defamatory information about them)