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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