Justice for Animals Hurt in Shelter Break-In


Target: John Welsh of Riverside County Department of Animals Services

Goal: Demand justice for the animals who were killed and hurt due to an animal shelter break-in situation.

A horrific break-in caused the death of three dogs and 12 other dogs to go missing from an animal shelter in Jurupa Valley in Riverside, California. Authorities believe that someone allegedly broke in to purposely release the animals.

Surveillance footage showed a male figure in dark clothing deliberately breaking the locks of over 20 animal kennel doors at the Riverside County Animal Services’ main shelter in Jurupa Valley. It appears on the footage that the man successfully unlocked fifteen locks with a bolt cutter. Witnesses say that about 48 dogs were found unharmed and wandering around the shelter. By the afternoon, 12 dogs in total were missing. Sadly, two small dogs, a Yorkshire terrier and a Chihuahua were found dead by shelter employees the following morning after the break-in. The Riverside County Animal Services veterinarian examined the dogs and saw that their wounds warranted a closer look. She is planning on performing a full examination on the dogs to provide more details of their deaths. The third dog killed was a German Shepard and it was hit by a car and killed a short distance from the shelter. Authorities are continuing to investigate and review surveillance footage to try and get a clear image of the suspect.

Please sign this petition to seek justice for the animals who were killed and hurt because of this traumatic shelter break-in.


Dear John Welsh,

Twelve dogs are missing and three dogs have been killed after the Riverside County Animal Services’ main animal shelter experienced a break-in. Police believe that someone broke into the shelter and purposely let all of the animals free. What ever the person’s intentions were, now there are dogs out there that are not getting the necessary care that they needed from the shelter. Worst of all, three dogs were killed because of it.

This crime is highly unusual and has caused a lot of mess to occur at the animal shelter. It is shocking that someone could go into an animal shelter and deliberately force open the animal kennels to release them. It is a very strange situation that has caused a lot of devastation. Hopefully the suspect will be caught and arrested for their crimes against these animals.


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  1. These innocent animals deserve justice !!!!!!!

  2. Sandra Zaninovich says:

    They have thankfully arrested this pos, Jason Ernest Johnson. Hopefully they’ll give him life (if only!).

    • I didn’t know they caught someone. We need a petition now to demand the legal system take this crime seriously and not simply let him go with a fine and a few hours community service.

  3. Elizabeth Campbell says:

    Do gooders causing more trouble.


  5. Lisanne Donohue says:

    Wow, animals aren’t safe from humans anywhere. How sad.
    Hoping justice prevails

  6. I don’t believe he was a “do gooder”, I heard he was getting his own dog out. I imagine he let other dogs out so he wouldn’t be suspected. If he killed the Yorkshire terrier and Chihuahua (it was reported there was blood smeared all over) he needs to be locked up for as long as possible.

  7. Wendy Waltenberg says:

    Senseless lives lost. What was this guy’s problem ??? Hope he is caught and prosecuted.

  8. Natasha polychuk Natasha polychuk says:

    There shouldbe cameras and a guard !!!!!!!
    Don;t leave them alone !

  9. Simon Wooliscroft says:

    This person has no idea how to deal with shelter problems. The dogs were the only ones who suffered. The person is a criminal and a hooligan. Find them and lock them up.

  10. This incident should be closely investigated — is this a KILL shelter? — my heart breaks for the injured & killed dogs due to the break-in — for this reason, this man should be brought in — these dogs would’ve been alive today but for this burglar — again, is this a KILL shelter or a NO-KILL shelter? — Btw, should we even have KILL shelters? — Of course NOT! — there should be no such thing — does it make sense to any rational person? — of course NOT! — shelters are for holding, caring, treating until homes are found for these animals — that’s what the tax dollars are for.

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