Police searching for woman who dumped puppies in dumpster

Authorities are trying to identify a woman captured by security cameras tossing seven newborn puppies into a dumpster in Southern California

Authorities are trying to identify a woman captured by security cameras tossing seven newborn puppies into a dumpster in Southern California

The woman, identified as Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, was arrested Monday, though details on the arrest are still sparse.

While at Culwell's house, authorities also discovered approximately 30 dogs inside, who were all taken into custody and are now being cared for at a shelter in Thousand Palms, Welsh says. They contacted animal control and were able to save the seven puppies. In a new video shared by RCAS, they are seen happily snuggling together.

Mayer condemned the woman's behavior as "despicable", adding that he and his colleagues were communicating with Riverside County Sheriff's investigators and the district attorney's office to build a "strong" animal cruelty case.

The woman then was seen walking toward the bin and dropping the clear, plastic bag nearby before driving away.

USA Today reports that an employee was informed by a pedestrian who saw the questionable act and the Riverside County Department of Animal Services were called to the scene.

Inside the bag were seven puppies, all about three days old and believed to be terrier mixes.

"The (man who found the animals) played a major role in saving theses puppies' lives", Riverside County Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer said. "The mid-day temperatures in Coachella on Thursday were in the mid-90s range".

The seven puppies Culwell was accused of dumping were doing well in the care of a foster volunteer, Welsh said.

Officials believe the pups would likely not have survived much longer in the mid-90-degree weather if the passerby had not intervened. "I think the puppies were yelping or crying and that's what attracted him to the trash can".