By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Animal control officers find abused and neglected dog near Murrieta


Last updated 3/30/2018 at 4:33pm

Riverside County Department of Animal Services

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services is trying to learn more about how an abandoned dog was so badly injured that it will need to have its leg amputated. The dog was captured by an animal control officer Thursday near Murrieta. Courtesy photo

A Riverside County animal control officer picked up an abandoned dog with a severely injured leg near Murrieta and officials are trying to treat the dog and learn more about how it was injured.

John Welsh, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, said in a news release Friday that the dog is being given pain medications and antibiotics for the fractured leg, which will need to be amputated. Officials with the department of animal services believe the dog was likely abused.

The dog, a male 3-year-old pit bull mix, was spotted by a resident who saw it "in the bushes" on Hombre Lane near Vista de Montanas in La Cresta. Welsh wrote that Officer David Harris tried to get the dog to come near him, but it was reluctant and nervous.

Using a humane trap, Harris was able to capture the dog Thursday.

"As it turns out, the dog is very sweet," Harris said in a statement. "His temperament is fairly amazing, considering the serious injury to his front right leg."

Staff veterinarian Sara Strongin examined the dog and said he's in stable condition. She said the dog's injury is likely several weeks old but could have happened months ago.

It's unclear how the dog injured its leg, but Strongin said the leg is severely disfigured, "mostly due to the prolonged neglect of an untreated fracture."

"It appears someone purposely abused this animal and we would pursue cruelty allegations if information comes forward to support such a case," Lt. John Stephens of the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus said in a statement.

Stephens asked that if anyone from the public might know who owned the dog or how it was injured, that they send tips to [email protected] or call in at 951-358-7387.

Welsh said that the dog will continue to be treated at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus and will eventually be adopted out once it's treated.

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