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Man Charged With DUI For Boating Mishap That Killed Dog

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CASTAIC (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Los Angeles County man on suspicion of boating under the influence after his vessel hit a rock and flipped in Pyramid Lake, causing a dog to drown.

The Sheriff’s Department said 44-year-old Juan Rodriguez was being held on $100,000 bail on Thursday after being arrested the previous day.

Authorities said Rodriguez, a Quartz Hill resident, and another man jumped into the water. Deputies rescued them after seeing them trying to tread water.

A dog was rescued but the body of a second dog was found underneath the capsized ski boat. Authorities said they believe the dog died because it was tied to the boat and couldn’t swim away.

Deputies conducted a sobriety test for Rodriguez and took him into custody.

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