PERRIS (CBSLA.com) — Authorities need the public’s help in identifying the owners of lost dogs they say were found at a Riverside County home.
According to Riverside County Animal Services, the dogs were located at a home in an unincorporated area near Perris.
Carlos Alvarez lives at the home and told KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz he and his brother have taken strays off the street and from Craigslist.
But officials say some of the dogs might have actually had homes.
“I found actually like two or three German Shepherds and I stopped and picked them up and brought them home,” Alvarez told Cruz.
When asked why he didn’t attempt to locate the dogs’ owners, he said, “I don’t want to be going through all the hassle.”
Animal Services issued $13,000 in citations for allegedly failing to spay, neuter, properly kennel, license, and microchip the animals.
Authorities also said twelve dogs were impounded during their investigation for alleged code violations and two poodles, found at the home, belonged to a woman who lives 30 minutes away.
The property owners could face legal action for allegedly taking the dogs in without attempting to find the legal owners.
When asked if he was doing a good thing by taking the animals in, Alvarez told Cruz, “Supposedly. We waste like $500 every month for food.”
Meanwhile, Animal Services plans on returning to the home Thursday hoping more dogs will be turned over for adoption.
The dogs will eventually be posted on social-media.