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Police Hunt Suspect Who Fatally Shot Puppy In Jurupa Valley

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JURUPA VALLEY (CBS) — Authorities in Riverside County are on the hunt for the suspect who shot a puppy in the head with a pellet gun in Jurupa Valley, causing ultimately fatal injuries.

The dog, a Queensland heeler mix, was found Sunday morning in a trash receptacle behind an am/pm store at 2985 Rubidoux Blvd., according to the Department of Animal Services.

An animal control officer responded to the call, got the wounded pup out of the trash and rushed it to an emergency veterinary clinic in Grand Terrace, according to animal services spokesman John Welsh said.

“Veterinary staff … examined the dog, treated it with pain medications and discovered a pellet lodged in the left side of the dog’s skull,” he said. “However, the trauma was considered too severe, and the dog was humanely euthanized.”

Animal services investigators are seeking witnesses to the shooting and reviewing surveillance video from area to look for clues.

Anyone with information about the crime was urged to call the Department of Animal Services at (951) 358-7387.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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