RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Officials in Riverside are looking for a pickup driver who allegedly dragged a German Shepherd puppy behind their vehicle while tied to a rope.

Authorities said the white German Shepherd — estimated to be about 10 months old — survived and is recovering at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, according to Krista Stewart, animal control officer for the Riverside County Department of Animal Control Services.

The driver will likely face animal cruelty charges.

“The paws were pretty bloody and there were a lot of sores,” said Stewart.

Just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, a witness saw the driver of a red pickup dragging the dog behind their truck near the intersection of Claycroft and Peacock lanes.

The witness could not determine how long the dog was dragged but observed the driver exit the vehicle, untie the dog and drive off.

The dog was taken to an emergency clinic where all her wounds were treated and bandaged.

Stewart says the dog wasn’t at all aggressive “even though her feet were probably killing her.”

At the time of her rescue, the German Shepherd was “lying down and trying to clean her injuries,” said Stewart.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the shelter at (951)358-7387 and refer to activity No. 11-036374.

If the owner of the dog cannot be found, the puppy will be put up for adoption. Those interested in adoption can call the same phone number and refer to ID No. 913310.

Comments (26)
  1. Christina39 says:

    The driver will face criminal charges???? I have some extra rope to use for the driver that I would like to see used.

  2. John Holmes says:


  3. David Paulson says:

    They should tie that A HOLE to a rope and drag his sorry a s s around town.

    1. Christina39 says:

      They should to this to all sociopaths. They never change and they enjoy hurting animals and people JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. They only understand their own pain.

  4. jim says:

    they need to have seal team 6 track down this dirt bag

  5. Meg says:

    Poor little puppaluppa! She’s a sweet-looking dog…

    1. Marissa says:

      So heartbreaking to hear about this unspeakable crime.

  6. Harold says:

    Clark W Griswald

  7. Kim Sostack says:

    This Pig needs to have a rope tied to his neck and I’ll tie him to my car,drag him for a while and I WONT stop. CREEP

  8. Muck Fu says:

    Anybody that cruel should be shot in the head..

  9. Pam says:

    I agree with the gentlemen, Jim, it is indeed to bad Seal Team Six can’t track this bugereater down & then use him for target practice.
    I hope this pretty little girl finds a wonderful loving home. Where she will know only love.

  10. Dave from Chino Hills says:

    I had to look at my German Shepherd while this story was running.

    I would like to drag this guy behind my truck while that German Shepherd looks out the back window at him.

  11. Lynn says:

    why would it be important to find the owner and then if they don’t THEN the dog will be available for adoption? I hope they do find the owner so that they can be prosecuted, but as for the adoption, that should take place when the dog has recovered satisfactorily enough to do so, and not at all contingent on anything else. As far as I’m concerned, the owner has no right to have a say in the matter (and should NEVER be allowed to take the dog home after what they did!) – treat it as abandonment, relinquishment, whatever term is needed but don’t even bother asking the owner just LET THE DOG BE PUT UP FOR ADOPTION and SEND THE OWNER TO PEOPLE-JAIL (after all, they could have taken the puppy to the animal shelter – dog jail – instead of dragging it behind their truck with a rope.)

  12. Chris says:

    “The driver will likely face animal cruelty charges” ???

    I would hope so!!!!. That sentence sounds as though it’s a possibility……But even if they find him and charge him….the fine will only be a joke….$100? Just like the freak who starved her dog chained to a tree! The problem is, penalties and fines are not good enough to deter people from causing harm to animals…so the cruelty will continue and sadly enough us readers will have to continue to read about another case of animal cruelty…Just like reading about another DUI hit and run……If they don’t ban the alcohol…it will never stop.

  13. Zweb Wolf says:

    When they find this person I would hope they tie them up to a car bumper and make them run until their feet are bleeding.

  14. JP says:

    Amazing how cruel and cold some humans can be.

  15. Dottie says:

    The puppy should be put up for adoption anyway. The owner should never be given a chance to even see her. They should be tied behind a pick up and dragged.

  16. Xen says:

    How could anyone do such an unspeakable crime to a puppy. Laws for cruelty to animals are not tough enough. They better make sure it wasn’t the owner who did this.

  17. Nicolas Cruz says:

    Must be an inbreeder !!! God help him ! If caught prison term! What does he do around children or women ???

  18. Sandy Griffin says:

    Pure trash who did this. I wish animals had better laws to protect them; they are not respected and valued as they ought to be. The twisted man (I assume it has to be a male who did this) doesn’t need therapy because he had a bad childhood (so sick of this excuse); he needs to be off this planet permanently.
    Send him back to his own place. even if it’s just back across the border, which I suspect is where he is from.

    1. Christina39 says:

      I don’t know why you say “Send him back across the border”. Most likely he’s white and whites have been known to drag people on the back of their truck. Real about Texas.

  19. Katherine Tsang says:

    I wish the poor puppy a speedy recovery. The person who did this please turn yourself in!!

  20. Elena says:

    This story actually made me cry and consider adopting this beautiful pup!

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