7 Puppies Rescued After Woman Tosses Them in Plastic Bag Next to Trash Bin in Coachella

7 Puppies Rescued After Woman Tosses Them in Plastic Bag Next to Trash Bin in Coachella

Authorities in California are searching for a woman caught on video tossing seven puppies into the trash behind a local business in blistering heat.

The Department of Animal Services in Riverside County, California, said in a statement the puppies were discovered by a Good Samaritan Thursday in a plastic bag next to a dumpster behind a Napa Auto Parts store in Coachella, California.

An officer responded to the scene following a phone call from an employee and found the pups, who are believed to be terrier mixes about three days old.

Thanks to security footage captured by the store, authorities determined that a woman exited a white Jeep Wrangler and dropped off the dogs in the bag before quickly driving away.

The animals were placed in the care of the department’s veterinary team before they were passed on to MeoowzResQ, a local non-profit specializing in kitten and cat rescue and fostering.

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“If not for the Good Samaritan’s actions, the puppies may not have survived much longer,” the department said. “The mid-day temperatures in Coachella on Thursday were in the mid-90s range.”

Commander Chris Mayer praised the Good Samaritan’s actions as “humane and heroic,” and said that he is building a “strong cruelty case” against the woman, along with Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators and the District Attorney’s office.

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“There is no excuse for dumping puppies,” Mayer said. “Especially in today’s age when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners. This was a shameful act.”

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call 951-358-7387.

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Grandma Has Arrived Doria Ragland Arrives in London Ahead of Birth of Royal Baby Report

Grandma Has Arrived Doria Ragland Arrives in London Ahead of Birth of Royal Baby Report

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal baby is almost here!

The Duchess of Sussex’s mom, Doria Ragland, has arrived in the U.K. from Los Angeles ahead of the birth of her first grandchild, Entertainment Tonight reports.

In a statement previously released by Kensington Palace in October, Doria, 62, shared her reaction to her daughter’s pregnancy announcement as the rest of the world learned Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, are expecting their first child together.

“Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” the statement read.

Doria, a social worker and yoga instructor in L.A., has a close relationship with her daughter and was the only member of Meghan’s family to attend the royal wedding in May.

Doria — who had visited Meghan and Harry in the months leading up to their nuptials — was by her daughter’s side for Meghan’s first royal hosting event in September.

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She joined Prince Harry in accompanying Meghan to Kensington Palace for a celebration marking the publication of Together: Our Community Cookbook, which the Duchess of Sussex helped create to benefit those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

Doria met members of the Hubb Community Kitchen and beamed as Meghan spoke about how the women welcomed her. Speaking with guests, Doria said she was “head over heels” about her daughter’s accomplishment.

The royal family has also welcomed Doria. After Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle at her royal wedding, he escorted the bride’s mother down the steps of St. George’s Chapel following the ceremony.

And while there’s no doubt that Doria will be a hands-on grandmother to Meghan and Harry’s first child, she won’t be sharing a roof with the newest member of the royal family.

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Despite reports that Meghan’s mother will be moving in when the royal couple leaves Kensington Palace for their new home at Windsor Castle’s Frogmore Cottage next year, sources tell PEOPLE that Doria, who is based in Los Angeles, will

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5-Year-Old Boy Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Showing Real Signs of Recovery

5-Year-Old Boy Thrown from Mall of America Balcony Showing Real Signs of Recovery

The 5-year-old boy who suffered severe injuries after he was allegedly thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America is showing signs of recovery, according to a family friend.

The boy’s latest test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care after he endured massive head trauma and multiple broken bones in his arms and legs, Noah Hanneman, who launched a GoFundMe page in support of the family, wrote.

“We have good news to share with you all on this Good Friday! Our miracle child Landen is showing real signs of recovery. New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead,” Hanneman wrote as an update on the page. “Our faith in God, and our Savior Jesus, is strong and we are gaining more reason for optimism day by day. We continue our request for privacy as we focus on Landen, and thank you for respecting our wishes. Just know that we all feel your overwhelming love, prayers and support. He is answering our prayers and they ARE working.”

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Family attorney Stephen Tillitt did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Hanneman did not clarify which types of tests have yielded positive results.

Police say the boy, named Landen, was thrown an estimated 40 feet over the railing to the Minnesota mall’s first floor while standing with his mother outside the third-floor Rainforest Café on April 12.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, was arrested and charged on suspicion of attempted premeditated first-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years to life in prison. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

Authorities said last week that Aranda was intentionally “looking for someone to kill” at the mall after he was rejected by multiple women he tried to speak to, according to a criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE.

Aranda allegedly told police he had first considered choosing to kill an adult at the mall on Thursday “because they usually stand near the balcony,” but that did not “work out,” the criminal complaint states.

Hanneman’s GoFundMe page to help cover the boy’s “immense” medical and rehabilitation expenses

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Bono the Havanese Wins Best in Show at 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show

Bono the Havanese Wins Best in Show at 2019 Beverly Hills Dog Show

Today, the star of Hollywood is a fluffy dog.

Bono the Havanese won Best in Show at the third annual Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina, which aired on NBC on April 21.

The little canine beat out more than 1,500 dogs from over 200 breeds at the California show. Before taking home the top honor, Bono — show name GCHC CH Oestes In The Name Of Love — won Best in Group for the Toy Group.

Walking alongside him during this win and his Best in Show round was his handler, Taffe McFadden.

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“So excited. No, you truly never expect anything, but this is a big show for us to win,” McFadden told PEOPLE of Bono’s big Beverly Hills win.

Bono plans to celebrate his success by relaxing at his San Joaquin, California, home and chasing McFadden’s cats.

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“I’m going to have a glass of wine and head to bed,” the handler said of her own post-win plans.

Celebrating along with Bono is Colt the English setter. The sporting canine won Reserve Best in Show at the competition, which is the dog show world’s second place prize.

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