Irvine, CA – A 21-year-old California woman is facing multiple felony animal cruelty charges after the police discovered dogs at her residence with “heavy-duty” tape around their snouts. According to sources, Gabriela Barrera was arrested on Tuesday after Irvine Police officers responded to her home after receiving a tip on Saturday about whimpering dogs on her porch.
When officers went to Barrera’s home on Saturday, they found a total of seven dogs, including puppies. When questioned, Barrera admitted that she had taped the dogs’ snouts to keep them from “barking or biting.”
Investigators found contractor-grade tape inside Barrera’s home that matched the tape on the dogs’ snouts. The dogs were removed from the home and taken for a health evaluation; they were found to be “in decent health.” The dogs will be held at an area shelter until the investigation is complete.
Anyone with information is asked to reach out to Irvine Animal Services Officer Al Gonzalez at 949-724-7087.
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