SPRING VALLEY, Calif. - The San Diego County Department of Animal Services asked the public Thursday for help in identifying the person who dumped a cocker spaniel into a commercial trash bin at an East County secondary school, where it was found in such poor condition it had to be euthanized.
The neutered male dog was discovered last Saturday at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley, DAS spokesman Dan DeSousa said. Whoever left it in the garbage container had first wrapped it in a blanket and a plastic trash bag, which was then tied shut.
Animal-control officers decided that the tan spaniel, which was about 10 years old, was in such bad shape it had to be put down that same day.
"No medical intervention would have reversed the condition of the dog," the spokesman said.
The responsible party could face felony animal-abuse charges, punishable by a prison term and a $20,000 fine, according to DeSousa.
San Diego Animal Advocates is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Any tipsters are asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.