Dog Found During Drug Investigation Has Leg Amputated in Animal Neglect Case

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Peter is shown after having his leg amputated, an operation from which he has recovered. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

Update: A dog who was subject to neglect was adopted by a southwest Riverside County woman who “fell in love with Peter right away,” Animal Services announced Tuesday. 

A 2-year-old dog that was discovered at a home near Perris during a drug investigation was found to have an injury so severe that his leg had to be amputated in what officials called one of Riverside County’s worst cases of animal neglect.

On Monday, Riverside County Animal Services announced that “Peter,” a 2-year-old Queensland heeler-pit bull mix, is looking for a forever home.

The dog was found Oct. 29 while sheriff’s deputies were investigating alleged marijuana sales at a property in an unincorporated area on the 22100 block of Old Elsinore Road.

Peter was available for adoption as of Dec. 1, 2014. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

Peter was available for adoption as of Dec. 1, 2014. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

The animal was found pulling himself around by his front paws.

An animal control officer who responded found the dog underneath an RV, with several inches of exposed bone on one of his back legs.

Peter, as he was later nicknamed, had unknown injury that had been left untreated for weeks or months, according to a news release from Riverside County Animal Services.

“This is one of the worst cases of neglect our officers have experienced,” Animal Services Director Robert Miller said in the release. “It is illegal and inhumane to allow an animal to suffer needlessly in this fashion.”

Peter’s left rear leg was amputated Oct. 31 and he has fully recovered and was showing “very good progress” at getting around on three legs, the department stated.

Animal Services was accepting applications for those interested in the special needs dog with mobility issues.

“The adopter will need to … have a lot of patience with him, considering what he has experienced in the past,” the department’s news release stated.

Meanwhile, the department was seeking animal cruelty charges against Maria Carrillo, who was arrested Oct. 29. County inmate records indicate 52-year-old Carrillo was initially arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and willful harm to a child. The status of those potential charges against Carrillo was not immediately clear.

She was released a day after her arrest and was due in court in Riverside Dec. 24, inmate records showed.