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Dog badly beaten at border; attacker sought

July 8, 2008 |  4:20 pm

Picture_beaten_puppy_mvc009x A dog beaten by an unidentified man at the U.S.-Mexico border is being cared for by the San Diego County Animal Services Department while authorities try to find the dog's assailant for prosecution.

The dog was rescued by the Border Patrol last week after a video from a security camera showed it being punched, strangled and thrown against the border fence. X-rays showed the dog, a 10-week-old terrier mix, has suffered multiple fractures of its right hind leg, officials said Tuesday.

"This is by far the most horrific video I have ever seen of an animal being abused," said Dawn Danielsen, director of animal services.

San Diego Animal Advocates and the Animal Rescue and Protection League have offered a $2,000 reward leading to an arrest and conviction. Tipsters are advised to call (619) 767-2624.

The dog, despite its injuries, is said to be perky, earning it the nickname "Spirit."

-- Tony Perry

Photo: San Diego County Department of Animal Services

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