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Puppy euthanized after being shot, dumped in trash bin

March 7, 2012 |  6:50 pm

Area where wounded dog was found in Riverside County.
A puppy was euthanized after it was shot with a pellet gun and dumped in a trash bin in Riverside County, officials said Wednesday.

The Queensland heeler mix had a pellet lodged on the left side of its skull, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services said. The department was seeking leads Wednesday as officials investigated the incident.

An animal services officer found the dog in a dumpster Sunday morning in the 2900 block of Rubidoux Boulevard in Jurupa Valley.

The puppy was rushed to the Animal Emergency Hospital in Grand Terrace, a clinic used by the county for high-priority incidents involving injured pets.

Clinic staff members treated the dog with pain medication, but the trauma was too severe and the animal was euthanized, county officials said in a statement.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance footage taken near the dumpster. Anyone with information is asked to call (951) 358-7387 or email officials at shelterinfo@rivcocha.org.


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Photos: Area where the puppy was found. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services