SPRING VALLEY, Calif. – A severely neglected dog was found in a commercial trash bin at a Spring Valley school and county animal officials are looking for witnesses of the crime.
A 10-year-old tan cocker spaniel was in a black plastic trash bag which was tied shut and dumped in the garbage bin outside Mount Miguel High School, said County of San Diego Department of Animal Services spokesman Dan DeSousa.
The dog’s coat was so badly matted that the dog was unlikely to walk again, DeSousa said. His condition was so bad that he had to be euthanized at the Bonita animal care center, DeSousa said.
“No medical intervention would have reversed the condition of the dog,” the spokesman said.
“Whoever did this horrific act needs to be found and held accountable,” said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson.
The person responsible for the abuse could face felony charges punishable by a prison term and a $20,000 fine, according to DeSousa.
San Diego Animal Advocates is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Any tipsters are asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.