Dogs Rescued in Border Bust

By Michelle Wayland
|  Monday, May 3, 2010  |  Updated 1:12 PM PDT
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Dogs Rescued in Border Bust

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A Shih Tzu and a Beagle-mix were rescued after U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman on suspicion of human smuggling on Interstate 8 in Campo.

“Once animals are brought to any County shelter, they are scanned for a microchip. In this case, one was detected on the Shih Tzu. Animal Services staff was able to track the microchip and the dog’s owner,” Dan DeSousa from the Dept. of Animal Services said.

The owner, Patricia Regalado, said her Shih Tzu,“Baby Vel,” had been stolen from her property in Whittier a year ago and that she was very excited to know her pet was safe and would soon be coming home.

“Having your animal micro chipped ensures that your pet has a ticket home,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the County Department of Animal Services.

She encourages all pet owners to have their pets micro chipped as a form of positive identification.”

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