San Diego County Animal Services is seeking help from the public in identifying the person(s) who placed multiple rubber bands around the muzzle of a gentle white adult female poodle found loose in a park on Jan. 3, reports Fox5.
On Saturday a resident in the 2900 block of Ocean View Boulevard in San Diego's Logan Heights contacted the department regarding an injured dog running loose in a nearby park. An animal control officer responded and located the poodle with her muzzle tightly bound by rubber bands which had cut down to the bones, according to a news release by San Diego County Department of Animal Services.
The officer immediately transported the dog to Animal Services’ closest animal care facility, where the veterinary staff carefully removed the embedded rubber bands and treated the dog’s injuries.
It has not yet been determined how long the bands had been cutting into the dog’s muzzle, but her wounds are severe. The Department has opened an animal abuse investigation.
“The most serious of the injuries are to the left side of the face; they are the deepest and most penetrating wounds. The cut goes across the bridge of her nose and wraps around to the right side,” David Johnson with the County’s Department of Animal Services told Fox5 News. “This magnitude is pretty significant."
Animal Services is seeking information which will help them identify the owner of the dog or lead to the identity of the person(s) who committed the crime. Anyone who believes he/she may have knowledge which will help in this investigation is urged to call the San Diego Animal Services’ patrol supervisors at (619) 767-2740 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
The suspect, if convicted of animal cruelty, could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.