The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is looking for the person or persons responsible for abandoning a dog inside a school dumpster in Spring Valley.
According to Animal Services, a 10-year-old male cocker spaniel was found dying in a dumpster at Mount Miguel High School on Saturday.
The tan-colored dog had been wrapped in a blanket and placed inside a large, black plastic bag that was tied shut. The bag was then placed inside the school dumpster.
When discovered, the dog was in critical condition, officials said.
The dog’s coat was so severely matted, Animal Services officials determined the animal could not walk. He was in such critical condition, the dog had to be euthanized at the Department’s animal care center in Bonita that same day.
Officials said no medical intervention could’ve reversed the dog's condition.
Now, the Department is searching for the suspect(s) responsible in this animal cruelty case.
Officials are asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact Deputy Director Dan DeSousa at (619) 767-2624 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. A $1,000 reward is being offered by San Diego Animal Advocates for any information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.
If a suspect is arrested, he or she could face felony animal abuse charges, prison time and a $20,000 fine.