Department Likely to Pursue Animal Cruelty Case
An animal control officer retrieved a dog Wednesday night from a Coachella property that was under investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s deputies were at the property, located in the 83000 block of Calle Colima, as part of a robbery investigation earlier in the week. Sheriff’s investigators discovered the neglected dog during their search of the house.
Riverside County Animal Services Officer Daniel Mora responded and took the dog to an emergency veterinary clinic. Unfortunately, the dog’s condition was so severe it died Thursday morning (July 22).
The dog, a male, 8-month-old English bulldog, suffered from a skin condition (likely mange), was unable to walk and was believed to be blind. Veterinary technicians told the officer the dog’s health was so poor it needed 24-hour observation.
A staff member at the emergency hospital contacted the officer and informed him that the dog went to sleep and did not wake up.
Animal Services has been in contact with the rightful owner.
Animal Services transported the dog to a lab to get a necropsy performed. Officer Mora will await that report before finishing his investigation, but due to the dog’s neglected state, it is likely the department will seek cruelty charges to be filed by the District Attorney’s office.
A news release from the Sheriff’s Department is available below.