JURUPA VALLEY (CBSLA) — An officer with Riverside County Animal Services responded to a Jurupa Valley home July 2 after receiving a call from the sheriff’s department that a dog was found in a home where a man was found dead, possibly due to coronavirus.

A 1-year-old poodle mix was rescued from a Jurupa Valley home Thursday after its owner died, possibly of COVID-19. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

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The cause of death was unknown, but the 46-year-old man had reportedly been suffering from flu-like symptoms for the past three weeks and had not been at work for the past week.

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Officer John Hergenreder donned protective gear as a precaution and found the 1-year-old poodle mix in a crate inside the home in the 6700 block of Mann Avenue.

The dog was taken to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter where it was placed in an isolation kennel area with signage stating that the animal was possibly owned by someone exposed to the virus.

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Animal services staffers will attempt to reach out to the owner’s next of kin. If they cannot be reached or cannot take the poodle mix, the animal will be re-homed.