Animal advocates showed their outrage on social media after a stray, sick dog in Colton appeared to have been handled in a cruel manner by an animal control officer in Colton, California. The incident occurred on Monday morning on North Mt. Vernon Ave.
According to witnesses, the helpless nine-year-old mixed breed poodle was petrified as the animal control officer used a catch pole and dragged the dog along the sidewalk on his side towards their truck.
“The pup peed while being dragged and they thought maybe had a seizure from being so afraid. I ask you does this dog need a catchpole and to be tied up when he’s on his side in fear?…”
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As the heartbreaking video went viral through social media, animal advocates questioned the injured dog’s treatment commencing with the catch pole and its legs being tied. When the Colton Police Department were overwhelmed with phone calls, they issued the following statement on their Facebook page.
“A department issued come-a-long pole was humanely placed over the dog’s head for the safety of the officer and the dog. As the officer attempted to walk the dog back to the vehicle he exhausted himself and became limp; he eventually had to be lifted onto the truck. He was transported to a nearby veterinarian clinic and treated. At the clinic it was discovered that he had conditions relating to severe neglect including severely matted fur with embedded ticks and foxtails, dental disease, and debris and infections in both of his ears. Due to the severe matting and tick infestation the dog was groomed, shaved, bathed, and transported to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services where he is continuing to be being treated by veterinarian staff.”
The Colton Police Department is reviewing the incident and the video which circulated on social media.
In an updated report on Wednesday, the dog as been taken to the Riverside Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley where he is receiving the care he needs. When examined, it was determined the nine-year-old pup had been suffering from neglect and at this time can not bear weight on his left rear leg.
The dog has no identification, but at this time he is not available for adoption.
Riverside County Animal Services’ officers were not involved in this matter. Their role is solely to provide the dog care and, we hope, a second chance. We believe he is a cross between a cocker spaniel and Lhasa Apso.
(Photos: Dr. Luis Lizarraga examines the dog with assistance from RVT Erika Morrow; Photos by Aimee Hoesman.)
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Such a clever parrot!
Thank you for saving my life.