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Ceres Police Department
Thursday August 1st, 2013 :: 11:45 a.m. PDT


Ceres Police Flooded with Animal Calls

Ceres, California – The morning of August 1st has been a busy one for Ceres Police officers who dealt with three separate animal-related issues in addition to other calls for service. The first animal call stemmed from a Ceres man’s Facebook post that went viral after he posted a picture of a dog and vented about it defecating on his bed and chewing up his belongings: “…She’s FREE. Pick her up today or she’s will be shot and stuck in a hole buy 9pm. Actually I’ll give anybody who takes her 20 bucks.” The post was shared by concerned citizens via Facebook, reposted on the Ceres Police Department Facebook page, and approximately 40-50 reports about the post came in from at least five different states. Officers went to the man’s home to check on the animal and were assured that he was only venting and the dog appeared to be unharmed. Ceres Police Department takes animal cruelty very seriously. Maliciously torturing or killing animals is a felony and should be reported to Stanislaus County Animal Services at (209) 558-7387 or local police.

On August 1, 2013 at 7:56 AM, Ceres Police Officer Ross Bays responded to Roeding Heights Park for a report of an abandoned puppy in a box with curdled milk. Officer Bays brought the puppy back to Ceres Police Department, gave it a bath, and took the puppy to City Hall to see if anyone wanted to adopt it. The puppy was named “Parker” and adopted by a city employee, who has taken it to a local veterinarian to be checked out. Parker is being treated for Bronchitis and is expected to make a full recovery in his new home. Unwanted animals should be surrendered to Stanislaus County Animal Services Agency, located at 3647 Cornucopia Way in Modesto, between the hours of 9 AM – 5 PM Monday-Friday or 8 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays. Rescue resources are also listed on the Animal Services website:

On August 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM, Ceres officers were called to the Stanislaus County Animal Services facility when a subject took his impounded dogs from the facility without paying the impoundment fees. Officers made contact with the owner, who said he took the dogs because he had to be at work and could not wait. The owner agreed to return to pay the fees and no further action was taken.


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Ceres Police Department
2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

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Non-emergencies: 209-538-5712

Carissa Higginbotham

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