The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is looking for any witnesses or information regarding a severely neglected dog that was found in a large trash bin Saturday, Jan. 5 at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley.
The dog, a tan-colored, 10-year-old neutered male cocker spaniel, was wrapped in a blanket and placed in a black plastic trash bag, which was tied shut and put in the school trash bin.
When found, the dog’s coat was so severely matted that it is likely the dog could not walk. The animal’s condition was so severe; he had to be euthanized at the Department’s animal care center in Bonita that same day. No medical intervention would have reversed the condition of the dog.
“Whoever did this horrific act needs to be found and held accountable,” said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson.
If you saw anyone near the school dumpsters on Friday, Jan. 4 or Saturday, Jan. 5 dumping a large black plastic bag or have any information about this case, contact Deputy Director Dan DeSousa at (619)767-2624 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
A $1,000 reward is being offered by San Diego Animal Advocates for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this dog’s suffering. If a suspect is identified, he or she could face felony animal abuse charges, punishable by imprisonment in state prison and a $20,000 fine.