Six months later, but never giving up the investigation for a three-year-old pit bull who had been mercilessly strapped to fireworks, ignited, and then dropped off in an alley in North Hollywood to die, authorities arrested Carlos Duarte, 41, on Thursday and charged him with felony animal cruelty reported nbclosangeles.com.
The Los Angeles Police Department Animals Cruelty Task Force has been investigating the case for the last several months. Duarte's bail was set at $30,000, and the case has been turned over to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
On July 4, a man was seen pulling a severely injured dog from the bed of his white Toyota pickup truck and tossing the dying dog into a garbage can on Kittridge and Hamlin Streets in North Hollywood. A Good Samaritan walking by confronted the culprit who immediately sped off.
The next day the dog was taken to a shelter where he was named "Indy" because he was found on Independence Day.
By the time Indy was taken to Westlake Village Animal Hospital, his burns, cuts, and abrasions on his chest, back legs, and paws required extensive surgeries and subsequent rehabilitation, but the spunky and friendly dog never lost his love for humans.
A $15,000 reward had been offered by Shelter Transport Animal Rescue (S.T.A.R.T) for the arrest and conviction of the driver of the truck, who left the dog for dead on July 4.
Since then, Indy's plight has gained fame, financial assistance, and medical care from around the world. The adorable dog, with the "winning smile," managed to make a remarkable recovery despite the most depressing odds. His adoptive human, veterinarian technician at Westlake Village Animal Hospital, Jen Mandel told abclocal.com Indy underwent four major surgeries, but is doing well now:
"He's got a decreased amount of mobility. He still walks normally, does everything normally, but he's got a smaller muscle mass now. So he doesn't last that long."
When hearing about the arrest of Duarte, Mandel stated:
"When I found out the news today, the way that I really feel about the whole situation is revenge versus justice. And I think the best revenge is a life lived well."
Live a long and wonderful life Indy.
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