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.

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Comments (3)
  1. Johnny says:

    Another punk running the streets is early in his life of a career criminal & murderer. They should catch this punk and and just beat him till he can only walk and pick up trash for the rest of his or her miserable life. Another innocent victim, the puppy that is, next time it could be somebodies child or mother or father.

  2. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    A corrupt DEA poisoned my dog to death because I called the San Francisco Attorney General’s office to complain that the FBI and DEA where fabricating evidence and stealing from me.
    Corrupt D.O.J. employees are also putting trace amounts, trying to stay under detectable amounts, of dangerous chemicals in their suspect’s food. The idea is to cause reduction in quality of life and eventual death.
    Also since that time, they have been using gang members to harass me and tampering with my car with they intention of causing an automobile crash.

    1. DEA says:

      We’re watching you Lee

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