A search warrant was issued by the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday in connection with allegations of sexual abuse and battery on the dog “Cargo” aka “Valerie” adopted from the Orange County Animal Care in late July.
“A crime report has been taken and a search warrant has been served,” stated LAPD Detective Al Erkelens, the officer in charge of the Animal Cruelty Task Force.
Valerie had been adopted from the animal shelter by a Hispanic male; the dog had been spayed and microchipped, but the information on her chip led nowhere. On August 6, the dog was found dying in a South Los Angeles neighborhood after she had been thrown out of a car by two men. Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF), the agency tried to save Valerie.
“We know she was spayed and microchipped to a male Hispanic who we tried to contact once we found out she was chipped. We were not successful,” the group wrote on their Facebook page.
An exam of Valerie’s body revealed vaginal trauma and blunt force trauma which resulted in her death after her aorta ruptured.
According to the OCRegister, Detective Erkelens stated investigations involving sexual assaults on dogs involves less than ten dogs a year; most cases are witnessed or someone tells someone about it.
“There are two possible crimes, bestiality which is a misdemeanor, and intentional injury to the dog that was meant to inflict pain, suffering or death to the dog. If someone did something to cause the aorta to rupture, that is a felony,” Erkelens added.
Rebel Dogs Rescue has offered a $2,000 reward. The A&T Napoleon Foundation animal welfare organization has offered $4,500 and Animalrescueteam.net has offered $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person(s) which caused the suffering and death of Valerie.
The shelter is cooperating with the investigation and states they will continue to screen potential adopters suspected or convicted of animal offenses.
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