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4 dogs dead after intruder breaks into shelter, sets dogs free

Several animal rescue groups are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an intruder responsible for a break-in at a Jurupa Valley animal shelter over the weekend.

According to officials with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, four dogs have died as a result of the break-in, KTLA reported. The intruder broke into the animal shelter and cut the locks on 22 kennels, leaving several dogs to roam the building alone.

Two dogs were found dead inside the shelter and two more dogs were fatally struck by cars. Although an additional four dogs have been found, the shelter is still missing seven dogs that escaped during the break-in. 

Shelter employees are working with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on the investigation and are reviewing surveillance footage from the incident. 

The surveillance footage shows a man breaking into the shelter wearing dark clothing. The intruder failed to take a pile of cut locks with him and authorities have begun dusting them for fingerprints. 

Contact Caitlin Lilly at clilly@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @Caitiesmith

 

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