Arrest Made in Irvine: Woman Charged with Felony Animal Abuse as Dogs Rescued with Taped Snouts

A woman in Irvine was arrested and faces felony animal abuse charges after seven dogs were found with their snouts taped shut at her residence.

In a disturbing incident of animal abuse, a woman in Irvine has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty after authorities rescued seven dogs who were found with their snouts taped shut at her home. The arrest took place following a report of dogs whimpering on the patio of the residence on Eastshore, prompting police to respond.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered one dog outside with masking tape wrapped tightly around its snout. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Gabriela Barrera, returned home and confessed to the officers that she had taped the dogs’ snouts shut in an attempt to prevent them from barking and nipping at each other.

The rescue operation revealed a total of seven dogs at the residence, including five adult dogs and two puppies, all appearing to be a mix of Huskies and German Shepherds. Shockingly, it was determined that three of the dogs with taped snouts belonged to Barrera, and the tape had been on their muzzles for more than two hours. Investigating authorities also discovered contractor-grade masking tape, matching the one used on the dogs, within the house.

Fortunately, all seven dogs were promptly rescued and taken to a veterinarian for thorough checkups. Authorities have confirmed that, aside from the ordeal they endured, the dogs are in overall good health.

As a result of her actions, Barrera was arrested on three counts of felony animal cruelty and has been transported to the Orange County Jail. Authorities are urging anyone with additional information about this case to contact Animal Services Officer Al Gonzalez at 949-724-7087.

This distressing incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need to address animal cruelty with the full force of the law. The welfare of animals is a shared responsibility, and acts of abuse and neglect must be met with swift action to protect these vulnerable creatures.