Heartbreaking victim of abuse left tied to a dolly with its mouth taped shut

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In Clearlake, California, a dog was discovered dead on the side of State Road 53 on Monday. Believed to have been a victim of extreme cruelty or abuse, Clearlake Police Department’s press release described how the dog’s mouth had been muzzled shut with tape and tied to a dolly or a handcart.

“The canine was affixed with a homemade leash to the hand cart and had an elastic band wrapped around the jaw consistent with a muzzle or device to restrain the mouth from opening. There was additionally a bag which contained various items but no identification.”

Animal Control Officer Wymer collected evidence and searched the bag for identification. The dog’s body was brought to a veterinarian’s office for a necropsy to determine the exact cause of death. There had been no obvious signs of visible trauma. The dog was later identified as belonging to James Miranda, 40, who had been arrested on an unrelated issue several weeks prior to the discovery of his dog named Cocoa. During the apprehension, Cocoa had attacked a police service dog named Zip.

According to Miranda, he told officers that while Cocoa had been off leash, the dog had been struck by a silver vehicle. Miranda alleged that the silver vehicle fled the scene and did not stop. During that time, Miranda stated his dog tried to bite him, so he made the muzzle leaving his dog on the side of the road while he went to a friend’s home for drugs.

Miranda was charged and arrested for felony animal abuse and using a controlled substance. He has been booked into the Lake County Jail.


If anyone has any further information regarding this incident, please contact A.C.O. Wymer at 707-994-8251, ext 118.

Readers on social media were so heartbroken as well as disgusted; how anyone can be so heartless…

“To the punk who left this poor animal tied to this dolly with its mouth bound to die (which it did). There it a special place in Hell for you. This poor dog was still warm and had just lost it’s bowels. IT was left on the side of 53 at the bottom of Davis this morning. This POS who did this needs to be found and brought to justice,” posted Steve Presley on his Facebook page.

We all agree.

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18 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    Someone please muzzle his mouth and nose shut, leave him on the road (after tying his legs and arms tight so he can’t move) and make certain that’s he’s put someplace where he WON’T be found, at least not for a very, very long time.

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    Just muzzle and hogtie Miranda and dump his useless butt in the nearest landfill with the rest of the trash. With the piss poor justice for abused animals by most judges in this country – Miranda deserves to be treated exactly like he treated that poor dog who deserved much better than to be owned by such a hunk of maggot puke.

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    I agree, there is a special place in Hell for this POS! I can’t imagine the poor dog’s suffering. James Miranda must be responsible for this, I hope they lock him up and throw away the key!

  4. Sherry D Hadley says:

    Reading a lot of these stories, many times there is no way to identify the abuser. You got someone, he admitted it, now let’s hope the authorities do what’s right and punish him to the maximum allowed by law. Here’s an opportunity to take strong action against this animal abuse gone wild!

  5. Helen says:

    This SOB needs to be locked up and throw away the key. His dog tried to bite him because it was probably in pain after being hit by a car. Instead of taking the dog to a Vet, this POS taped the dog’s muzzle and left it on the side of the road tied to a dolly, while he goes to buy drugs! Personally, I think he’s full of crap. I don’t believe the dog was hit by a car. I do believe he badly hurt the dog and left it on the side of the road to die. I’m just sorry the low life didn’t overdose. RIP sweet pup, you’re free now.

    • Jill says:

      Bastard.abusive.deplorable.sick.evil…brother to the devil…heinous savage……every one of these fits the profile of this man…….
      That poor dog looked like a beautiful pet …..who suffered at the hands of this drug addict….and his life was end in just an unimaginable way……
      For him……prison with dog lovers….no drugs….no food…..and then HELL!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bunny Peters says:

      I agree with you. What a useless POS…… complete waste of resources to keep him alive!!!!!

      I hope he dies alone, in horrible pain & afraid, as this innocent, precious, treasure….. There is a special place in Hell where he will burn forever for his cruelty…….

      RIP poor furbaby….Please look for MacKitty in Heaven and he will introduce you to his snuggle pals……

  6. linda says:

    What an asshole! He used this dog to pull his items on a dolly. Since they found no trauma I’m led to believe this dog died of thirst and exhaustion. His priorities were drugs and not Cocoa.

  7. susispot says:

    RIP Coco. It is a shame no one made the effort to get you away from the brain dead human that neglected you and let you die a slow and sickening death. I have no doubt you loved him unconditionally. That is what dogs do. You deserved better.

  8. Cynthia Como says:

    Of course Cocoa tried to bite after being hit by a car,that’s what most dogs do when they are in immense pain u lowlife,drug using POS!!!!! I’m so sickened by Cocoa’s story that I’m too upset to say anything but……I hope James Miranda is walking down the street for his next drug fix and is mowed down by a truck. The world will be a much better place without our this waste of human flesh! RIP COCOA❤️

  9. Debbie says:

    I pray this person is punished to the fullest extent of the law….precious Cocoa deserved so much more in life than to be owned by this drug addict…..karma will find you….Cocoa run free over the Rainbow Bridge…..where no one will hold you down….you deserved so much more in life….

  10. Red says:

    I PRAY you find the worthless, useless, excuse of a human who did this….. I can not imagine the fear this poor baby went through struggling for air…… YOU MAY ROT IN HELL if you are never found you useless monster….. HEY KARMA…. I HAVE A REAL WINNER for you…………get him! If you know who did this or whose dog this is and you do not turn them in….. you are as worthless as they are.


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