German Shepherd Named Beauty Ready for Home
A German shepherd seriously injured after being dragged alongside a truck in Mead Valley in late July is now ready for adoption.
The dog, a female 8-month-old named Beauty, received dozens of bandage changes during her recoveryperiod. Riverside County Animal Services’ veterinary team members treated her wounds and provided herfresh bandages for several weeks until she started to show positive healing results.
“Beauty’s wounds are very small and almost fully healed,” said Dr. Sara Strongin, a Riverside County staff veterinarian. “The wounds no longer require bandage changes but veterinary team members are stillapplying a topical spray daily.”
But, she said, Beauty has healed enough for adoption. She also noted that Beauty is an energetic dog that has gained 10 pounds during her stay.
Beauty came to the shelter on the evening of July 29 when Animal Services officer Will Luna responded to Carter Drive in Mead Valley after receiving a report of a dragged dog. Initially the incident was reported to law enforcement as an accident. The dog somehow fell or jumped out of the cargo bed of a Toyota pickup and residents in the area shouted and waved and chased the driver to get her attention.
Beauty suffered serious abrasions to her paws and abdomen. Someone called 911 and a sheriff’s deputyarrived. The driver told the deputy she did not realize the dog fell out because she was playing loud music on her radio. She promised the deputy the dog would be taken to a veterinary clinic.
However, for some unknown reason, the dog remained on Carter Drive and Animal Services was contacted. Officer Luna arrived and transported the dog to an emergency clinic. Although the incident was reported as an accident, Commander Chris Mayer said the matter remains an open investigation.
Transporting animals in the cargo beds can be dangerous if the animal is not secured properly andCalifornia’s vehicle code addresses mandated requirements. The best approach is placing the pet inside acrate and securing the crate, said Dr. Allan Drusys, Animal Services’ director and chief veterinarian.