|Friday, 02 November 2012 00:00|
Animal Services Investigating Possible Cruelty Case; Man Suspected of Shoving Hose Down Neighbor's Dog's Mouth
FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2012 – A veterinary doctor will perform a necropsy on a dog today to try and determine how the animal died. The dog may have been purposely killed in a neighbor-versus-neighbor dispute.
Riverside County Animal Services Officer Marcel Martinez responded Thursday afternoon to an unincorporated neighborhood bordering Lake Elsinore. Officer Martinez retrieved Puddles, a 3-year-old female pit bull mix, from the 15000 block of Laguna Avenue and took a report.
It is uncertain how the dog died but Puddles had been involved in "fence fighting" with the neighbor's dog, according to witness accounts. The two dogs were engaged in aggressive acts against each other through a small opening between the two properties. The dog's owner told Officer Martinez that the neighbor eventually put a water hose down Puddles' mouth and, shortly afterward, the dog died, said Lesley Huennekens, a Riverside County Animal Services sergeant based out of the department's San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.
A necropsy is essentially the equivalent of an autopsy for animals. The necropsy could determine how the dog died. No photos of the deceased dog will be released. It remains an open investigation, Sgt. Huennekens said.
"After the necropsy is concluded, we will send tissues to a lab to assist us in trying to determine the cause of death," said Dr. Allan Drusys, Riverside County's chief veterinarian. "At this point, it's undetermined exactly what caused this animal's death. But what we do know is that this dog died under contentious circumstances."
Officer Martinez did not make any arrests during his initial investigation. If the dog died due to an inhumane act, he will file an arrest declaration seeking animal-cruelty charges with the Riverside County District Attorney's office.