A woman at the 2019 Coachella music festival made international headlines after dumping seven 3-day-old puppies in a recycling bin. Now, her lawyer is making headlines after telling the court “puppies aren’t people.”
Deborah Sue Culwell has a slew of charges including seven counts of felony animal cruelty and seven counts of misdemeanor abandoning animals. The woman was out on bail but prosecutors recently argued that the bail should be increased from $10,000 to $50,000.
Audible sighs were heard in court after the woman’s lawyer, Joseph Cavanaugh, argued against it. He said his client “shouldn’t be kept to the same standard as someone who harms a person.”
Cavanaugh believes that as his client is going to appear in court, there is no need to raise bail. Prosecutors believe bail does not match the heinous nature of Culwell’s crime. She can face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
After authorities rescued the seven dogs Culwell dumped in the bin, they picked up 38 other dogs from her home. Most of the animals were delivered to rescue groups.
According to a Riverside County Animal Services Facebook post, Culwell admitted the puppies came from two separate litters.
“We’re not surprised by the admission,” Commander Chris Mayer said. “On the day we seized the dogs, we noticed that several of the dogs appeared to have had recent litters.”
Source: I Love My Dog