San Diego, California - A reward of $1,000 is being offered by San Diego Animal Advocates for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for dumping a severely neglected cocker spaniel in a dumpster. Source (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO)
In a Press Release issued by the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, a tan-colored, neutered cocker spaniel, estimated to be around 10 years old, was found in a dumpster at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley on Saturday, January 5th. The dog was found "wrapped in a blanket and placed in a black plastic trash bag, which was tied shut...."
The "throw-away" dog was in horrible shape. He was examined at the San Diego Animal Shelter, Southern Region, in Bonita. Unfortunately, his condition was so severe, he had to be humanely euthanized. "No medical intervention would have reversed the condition of the dog." Source
The dog is believed to have been dumped on either Friday, January 4th, or Saturday January 5th. The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services asks that if you recognize this dog, saw anyone near the high school dumpsters on January 4th or 5th, or have any information relating to this dog, to contact either Deputy Director Dan DeSousa at (619) 767-2624, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
Dawn Danielson, the Director of the Department of Animal Services for the County of San Diego, said, "Whoever did this horrific act needs to be found and held accountable."
Because of the severity of the dog's condition, the person responsible could face felony animal abuse charges, which is punishable by imprisonment in state prison and/or a fine of $20,000. Pet abandonment is also a crime in California. Cal. Pen. Code § 597s.
RIP, cocker spaniel with no name.