35 dogs abused by bank robber

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CALIFORNIA — Thirty-five dogs were found emaciated, ill, and living in filthy conditions in the home of a man suspected of bank robbery in Corona.

The animals were found covered in their own feces and deprived of food and water. Officials say the house had no electrical power.

Animal control officers rescued the dogs and took them to the Corona Animal Shelter to be fed, hydrated and evaluated in quarantine. One puppy was euthanized due to its dire condition that included several open wounds.

Authorities say it appeared the dogs were living inside day and night, as they were extremely frightened and on edge when found.

The dogs’ owner, Robert Bustamante Flores, was booked on suspicion of robbery. Police said animal cruelty charges are pending.

Detectives questioned Flores about the robbery, then wrote a search warrant for his home. He told investigators 26 dogs lived in his home and he stayed in the garage.

Investigators and animal control officers were involved in searching the home where the sickly animals and evidence related to the bank robbery were found.

Flores is being detained in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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