Animal cruelty officers from the Riverside County Department of Animal Services are seeking information about the man who loaded milk and groceries into his car outside of a Hemet supermarket, but left a senior pooch behind in its pet carrier.
According to the Press Enterprise, the ten-year-old Chihuahua was found by an employee in the supermarket’s parking lot located at 43396 Florida Avenue on January 19. The entire scene was captured on surveillance video.
“The man bought milk and other items, then exited the store and loaded his groceries and then unloaded the pet carrier. The man then drove off in a blue vehicle.”
During an investigation, the license plate photo belonged to a different vehicle other than the blue Ford seen on the video. Now authorities are asking for the public’s help.
“Our investigation needs the public’s help. The plate may be bogus, but this man must be driving this same car. Also, the in store cameras captured a clear image of the man. So we’re hopeful someone knows where this person is so we can make contact and, ultimately, interview him about his actions that day.”
Abandoning an animal is considered animal cruelty and can be charged as a misdemeanor. The Chihuahua is doing fine although he is timid. Aside from some needed dental work, the little guy is quite healthy. At this time, he is not available for adoption, but stay tuned. Anyone with information is asked to call 951.358.7387.
(Photos of dog and man buying milk but leaving senior pooch behind by Riverside County Animal Services)
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