'Homeless' Injured Dog Abandoned

The dog was found by a Good Samaritan after it was tied to a pole downtown.

On Wednesday December 12, 2012 a black and white elderly female Cocker Spaniel was found tied to a pole near Soquel and Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. 

The dog was wearing a sign that stated “homeless” and had an Elizabethan collar around her neck. She also had a severe open wound that was infected on her underside.

The wound had been wrapped with an ACE bandage, but the dog had not been provided proper veterinary care. The dog was brought to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and she was immediately seen by a veterinarian. The wound was cleaned and she was put on pain medication and antibiotics.
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is asking anyone that has any information on this case to contact Field Services manager Todd Stosuy at 831-454-7254.

Failure to provide veterinary care to an animal who is suffering and abandoning an animal are both illegal under California Law.
“We are thankful to the Good Samaritan who found this sweet dog and brought her to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter,” states Field Services Manager Todd Stosuy.  “We want to ensure we find her previous owner and justice is served for the suffering she had to endure. Not providing veterinary care to a suffering animal is not only illegal, but morally reprehensible.”
General Manager Melanie Sobel states, “We also want to remind the public that the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is a safe haven for animals in the community.  Our open door shelter will always accept any animal regardless of age, medical condition, breed or temperament.  There is never any reason to abandon an animal, especially one that is suffering.”
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter operates two open admission shelters and will take in any stray, unwanted, mistreated, neglected or abandoned animal. The shelter provides emergency response to rescue sick, injured and mistreated animals twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelters are located at 2200 7th Avenue in Santa Cruz and 580 Airport Boulevard in Watsonville.

Manu Pohaku December 18, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Just another indicator of our often inhumane culture.
DW December 18, 2012 at 06:13 PM
It was reported this morning that this dog was euthanized. RIP, girl, I am sure you didn't deserve the treatment you received after providing 13 or 14 years of faithful companionship to some heartless creep.
diogenes December 19, 2012 at 07:11 PM
you know maybe people should consider what was going on with the owners life before you make judgements...I am from SC but now live in NS canada and i have rescued many animals in my lifetime since i was just a young kid..perhaps the person was ill themself...or homeless themself due to circumstances they could not remedy. perhaps they could no longer afford vet care considering vets won't provide ANY service without full payment up front...at least that is how it worked when i was living in SC..even when i was seeking treatment for animals i had rescued. Perhaps in their judgement , they believed their dog had a better chance of survival if left with a sign than taking her to animal shelter where she would most likely be put down (as she was) Several years ago when i tried to find home for a prego cat i took in-she had her litter before i could find a home for her...we were days from leaving for NS so i took her to shelter. i was told they would have to put her down because she was prego....so we packed her up in our van and she delivered her litter at a truckstop in arizona! we took her to a friend s farm in colorado but unfortunately a coyote got to the kittens so you see even when one tries to do the rilght thing---spca is not always very accomodating and n the end the kitties met an early end after all...


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