A California man claims that his young dog, just a year of age, suffered heat stroke while being transported in an animal control truck. Cuda, a pit bull who would have turned one on the day that he died, was picked up (along with two other dogs from the same household) by an animal control officer with Visalia Animal Services last week after the dog escaped from his yard.
Cuda’s owner, Jeff Barnes, explained what happened in a now viral Facebook post:
Please help me get some justice for “CUDA”. This morning my dog got picked up by animal control after getting out for 15 min and he had chased a cat. The officer said it is standard protocol for him to take “CUDA” then I will have to have a hearing within 10 days to make sure that he is not vicious. Which if you knew this goober that was full of life, he is far from vicious! I saw visalia animal control officer Murad Bayless at 10:15 am. With my dog in the back of his animal control truck.
Barnes claims that when he first saw his impounded dog in the truck, he could see that he was hot (white saliva was dripping from the dog’s mouth) but still “okay.” Barnes claims that the animal control officer admitted that he had not yet turned on the cooling fans in the back of the truck.
Just before 1 p.m., Barnes received a devastating phone call; he wrote:
It was murad Bayless saying that my dog had a heat stroke in his truck and they are at the vet. He said I needed to come down to figure out how I was going to pay for this! No compassion or any customer service from this officer was ever given. It was if this was all my fault. My dog had reached a temperature of 109 while in his truck.
According to Barnes, the heat caused Cuda’s brain to swell and the dog suffered internal bleeding and repeated seizures – the damage was too severe for Cuda to survive. WYFF4 News released a statement from the animal control agency which reads:
“All three unlicensed pit bulls who were loose and involved in the attack on the cat were then taken directly to the Visalia Animal Care Center in a cooler equipped animal control vehicle. When the animals arrived at the shelter, it was realized that one of the dogs, Cuda, was in stress.”
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