DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – The Save-A-Pet animal charity was robbed last weekend when thieves entered the property and stole all the dog and cat food, along with portable kennels used for transporting animals.
Save-A-Pet is a registered 501 (c) (3) charity housing more than 80 dogs and 40 cats on their compound located at 67600 18th Street in Desert Hot Springs. Save-A-Pets workers and volunteers noticed a towel on the ground next to an area where their portable kennels are stored when opening up on Monday morning, Aug. 13. They believe the theft happened between Saturday night after sunset and Sunday morning. In addition to the theft there was some light vandalism at the scene. An estimated $3,000 in dog and cat food was stolen along with nearly $1,000 in portable animal kennels.
“It’s disheartening that someone would come in and steal from an animal charity,” said Rick Miller, kennel manager. Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the DHS Police Department at (760) 329-6411.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA –“It was a tough weekend for the city,” said DHS City Manager Rick Daniels after vandals struck the Visitors Center located at the corner of Palm Drive and Pierson Blvd., last weekend. The glass doors were shattered, the electrical panels and sidewalk drain grates were vandalized and graffiti painted on the walls. Surveillance cameras caught some of the vandals in action but Police are asking for the public’s help in locating and arresting the culprits. Anyone with information is asked to call the DHS Police Department at 760-329-6411 ext. 2.
PALM SPRINGS, CA – A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 18 for child endangerment after several witnesses reported to police that an infant was locked inside a car at the parking lot of the Office Depot located at 5601 E. Ramon Road.
Palm Springs Police arrested Narciso Mercado, the infant’s step-grandfather, and booked him into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning for suspicion of willful cruelty to a child with possibility for injury or death.
Several witnesses called police around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday reporting that an infant was sleeping inside the back seat of a locked vehicle with the windows rolled up in the parking lot and outside temperatures reached more than 100 degrees with high humidity.
CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – A man was arrested last weekend after he held Cathedral City Police in a brief standoff in the 33000 block of Whispering Palms Trails. Jacob Lee Mitchell, 31, barricaded himself in his home with a gun and rifle before sending his Pit Bull-mix dog out to attack the officers. Cathedral City police restrained themselves from shooting the animal and waited until Michell’s uncle arrived on the scene to talk his nephew out of the home.