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Thousand Palms Woman Arrested, Charged With 30 Counts Of Animal Cruelty

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INDIO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say they’ve arrested and charged a Thousand Palms woman with 30 counts of animal cruelty.

Bernadette Mary Schwenn, 64, was arrested at 9 a.m. Thursday at the law library on Monroe Street in Indio, Riverside County District Attorney’s spokesman John Hall said. Schwenn is being held on $50,000 bail.

Schwenn was arrested following a months-long investigation into a tip that 30 dogs lived unattended and abandoned on her property in an area commonly known as Sky Valley, Hall said. The investigation found several puppies and adult dogs found to be either suffering or deceased.

Citations were issued several times by Riverside County Department of Animal Services, who also offered advice on providing the proper conditions and care, but authorities say she continued to neglect her dogs.

An inspection warrant was also served on Schwenn’s property Thursday, during which 10 dogs were seized.

Schwenn was charged with 10 felony and 20 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and failure to provide proper care or attention for animals.

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