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