Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Two Chihuahuas found dumped in Riverside canal with mouths taped

Chihuahua Two Chihuahuas, their mouths sealed shut with electrical tape, were found dumped in a Riverside canal Monday in a crime animal service workers described as having been done with “just complete malice.”

The male dog was dead while the female survived. They were discovered by a county public utilities employee doing a routine check of the waterway near Cridge and Olivewood about 11 a.m.

“Someone was just looking to be cruel,” said Riverside County Animal Services Officer Kristina Hillegaart.

The dogs were found on a metal grate in the canal.  The female is being examined by veterinarians.  A $500 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

"This is just disgusting that someone would do something like this to innocent, defenseless animals," Animal Services Director Robert Miller said.

-- David Kelly in Riverside

Photo: The female Chihuahua survived, the male did not. Credit: Riverside Department of Animal Services

Comments () | Archives (4)

This world has gone mad and is not stopping. The karmic payback for the people that hurt others is great. Sad story just like all the others in this paper. The human kind is messed up. Our world is taking a beating . I am going to send a prayer out to whole world for peace right now!

I think if and when they find the person or persons responsible the same thing should be done to them after they have been drug behind a car for awhile.

This is absolutely heartbreaking and unbelievable that a human being could be so cruel. Does anyone know if the one that survived will be able to be adopted. I would love to give that precious baby a good home!

I would be willing to add to that reward to find the scum who did this cowardly and cruel act. Yes, they need to be locked in a cold cell for a few years to think about what they have done.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: