DeLam pleaded guilty to a felony animal cruelty charge in May 2004. In May 2005, Riverside County Animal Services discovered DeLam had more dogs than she was allowed, which was a violation of her probation terms.
Riverside County Animal Services Commander Rita Gutierrez says her organization and others are familiar with DeLam and others like her.
Animal control organizations receive numerous complaints each year about illegal puppy sales. Many of the cases are hard to investigate because the sales take place at swap meets and in parking lots, and the sellers are hard to track down.