- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man they believe broke into a Southern California animal shelter and stole three dogs, resulting in the deaths of four other animals.

Forty-two-year-old Jason Johnson was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of vandalism, burglary and animal cruelty. He remains jailed in Riverside County.

Authorities believe he cut the locks on outdoor kennels at a county shelter in Jurupa (Huh-ROO’-puh) Valley over the weekend.

Authorities said previously that Johnson may have been trying to save three quarantined dogs from being euthanized and released more than 20 others to confuse investigators. It caused chaos.

Workers arriving Sunday found a Yorkshire terrier and a Chihuahua dead in a blood-spattered area. Two other dogs were struck and killed by cars.

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