Undercover 'puppy buy' sting in Riverside

Riverside County Animal Services officers conducted a "puppy buy" sting operation on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, on Pleasant Street in Riverside, Calif.

The department had been tipped off by a concerned animal advocate that a woman was selling underage puppies by advertising the puppies on free advertising Web sites and/or social media.


An undercover animal control officer set up an appointment with the woman and met her at her home. The woman is alleged to have tried to sell the plain-clothes officer two underage puppies. It is unlawful to sell puppies less than 8 weeks of age.

The officer cited the woman for two misdemeanors.

Six puppies were relinquished by the owner, plus the puppies' mother, a 5-week-old collie mix. All the animals were examined by Riverside County Animal Services veterinary team members. The puppies are going to be cared for by a foster volunteer until they are old enough to be adopted or transported to a rescue group organization.

To learn more about Riverside County Animal Services, please visit www.rcdas.org

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