Dog Found in Riverside County With Rope ‘Wrapped Tight’ Around Muzzle: Authorities

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The dog was found with a yellow rope wound tightly around his muzzle, authorities say. (Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services)

An animal cruelty investigation was underway after a dog was discovered with a rope “wrapped tight” around his muzzle in Jurupa Valley on Tuesday night, authorities said.

A woman discovered the Springer Spaniel mix around 7 p.m. along Granite Hill Drive near Pedley Road, where he had been dumped, according to John Welsh of the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene, approached the canine, and managed to cut the rope, Welsh said in an emailed statement.

A Riverside County sheriff's deputy managed to cut the rope from the canine's muzzle. (Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services)

A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy managed to cut the rope from the canine’s muzzle. (Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services)

“There was very little space for him to get his knife between the dog’s muzzle and the rope to cut it — that’s how tight it was around him,” he wrote.

The deputy provided comfort to the canine before a county Animal Control officer arrived at the location.

The approximately 2-year-old dog was in “decent shape” and “appeared to have a sweet disposition,” Welsh said.

He was taken to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. Authorities have so far been unable to identity the spaniel, who did not have a license tag or a microchip.

It was also not known who the owned the dog.

No further information about the incident was immediately available.