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Press Release: Cruelty to Animals
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Moreno Valley
Written Date: July 1, 2019 Time: 3:00 PM
Incident Date: July 1, 2019 Time: 7:33 AM
Incident Location: 22000 Block of La Jolla Circle, Moreno Valley
Reporting Officer: Sergeant William Stens
File Number(s): MV191820052


On Monday, July 01, 2019, about 7:33 AM, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 22000 block of La Jolla Circle, Moreno Valley, reference a welfare check.  Upon arrival, deputies smelled a foul odor, and believed there was possibly a deceased person inside the residence.  Deputies entered the residence and discovered numerous cats were being hoarded within the residence.  Based on the overall condition of the residence, officers from Moreno Valley Animal Control and Code Enforcement were summoned to the location.  Animal Control Officer removed approximately one hundred cats and two dogs from the residence.  Eighteen of the cats were either deceased or were humanely euthanized.  The resident, 44-year-old Kristen Gotangco of Moreno Valley was arrested for felony cruelty to animals and will be booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.  This is an on-going investigation, and anyone with information is requested to contact Deputy Banuelos at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station.     

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