Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Victoria Palacios 15 dogs found 6 pups found dead

Coalinga, CA

Fresno County

January 5, 2012  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse

15 dogs



Coalinga police arrested Victoria Palacios after investigators say she was not properly caring for or feeding her dogs. Investigators say Palacios had at least 10 dogs on her property and animal control officers found the bodies of 2 dead dogs at the home.

(Photo courtesy of CBS 47 News)

Palacios was booked into the Coalinga Jail and will be transported to Fresno. She faces 6 felony counts of animal cruelty.

Update 1/7/12: The neglected dogs were found outside a home in Coalinga on East Pleasant Street and Alfred and are now recovering at the Coalinga animal shelter.

The 3 8-week old puppies, along with 6 other larger dogs are recovering after Coalinga police say their owner neglected them. "The puppies were severely dehydrated, malnourished, they had worms."

When animal control responded to a call of aggressive dog behavior at the property, they found 15 dogs without food or water, but not all were alive. Sgt. Rod Marple said, "Upon checking the area we found 6 dead puppies and we took the owner into custody for cruelty to animals."

Animal control officials say the puppies had been deceased for at least 2 days at the home of Victoria Palacios. The owner has since been released from jail but faces 6 counts of felony animal cruelty. Coalinga police say Palacios has been cited repeatedly for dog violations, specifically for having more than 3 dogs, a violation of the city code.

residents say they were shocked to learn of the dead puppies. "She should have taken care of the dogs," said Edith Gonzalez. "Dogs are poor little defenseless animals." Neighbor, Edith Gonzalez says the yard was always dirty and reeked of dog feces. She says the owner could have taken better care of them. Gonzalez said, "I have 2 dogs of my own and I try to take care of those as much as I can, make sure they have water every single day and feed them every single day."

Neighbors are just happy the rescued dogs should make a full recovery. "All the animals we have here, they appear to be recovering," said Kevin Farrell with animal control. "The puppies are eating all the food that they've got, we've given them medicine to take care of the worms." The dogs will remain in the shelter for a couple more days but it's uncertain if they'll be returned to their owner or be put up for adoption.