|Monday, 23 November 2009 00:00|
Two Chihuahuas Dumped in Irrigation Canal
RIVERSIDE – Someone bound two Chihuahuas’ mouths with electrical tape and dumped them in a downtown Riverside irrigation canal early Monday.One dog died. The survivor was taken immediately to the Riverside Animal Shelter by Animal Control Officer Kristina Hillegaart (below left).
“This was just complete malice,” Officer Hillegaart said. “Someone was just looking to be cruel.”
The officer responded to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 23, 2009) after a Riverside Public Utilities worker discovered the dogs on a metal grate designed to catch debris in the canal. The utilities employee plucked both dogs out of the canal himself and removed the electrical tape from the dog that survived the ordeal.
Registered Veterinary Technician Kasey Littlefield (below right) examined the dog, a female, for injuries or trauma. She reported the dog appeared very tired but was otherwise doing well. She placed it in a special, heated kennel near a veterinary work station for close observation.
“This is just disgusting that someone would do something like this to innocent, defenseless animals,” Animal Services Director Robert Miller said.
A $500 reward for any knowledge leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible has already been established by Riverside County's Riverside Shelter charitable organization known as ASK (Animal Solutions Konnection).
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