Stray dog stunned by stun gun found in Santee

Dog wandered from El Cajon to Santee

SAN DIEGO - A stray dog that had been stunned by a stun gun and pepper sprayed in an East County neighborhood was finally captured Tuesday.

Rescuers told 10News the female Labrador/terrier mix wandered from El Cajon to Santee, where it was spotted, captured and then taken to San Diego County Animal Services.

Rebecca Stevens, who operates Four Paws rescue, was able to capture the dog after four days of searching. She used a humane trap, chicken and a few hot dogs to entice the animal.

"I think she was relieved," Stevens said of the dog.

"She's engaged. She doesn't appear to be feral or not used to human contact. But she's apprehensive from her ordeal. Anytime a dog has been on the street for a period of time, its behavior changes pretty quickly. It gets apprehensive of its surroundings," said Lt. Kalani Hudson with Animal Services.

El Cajon police said the stray was in the Fletcher Hills neighborhood over the weekend when she was cornered by officers and animal control officials. Police said she became aggressive, forcing officers to pepper spray her twice and then stun her with a stun gun.

However, the dog got away from officers' catch pole, but she had three stun gun barbs hanging from her side.

"It was really sad what happened. This dog deserved a chance," said Stevens.

Upset with the way officers handled the rescue, Stevens and several neighbors took it upon themselves to hunt for the dog.

The dog is under veterinarian care and observation, and 10News learned the barbs had fallen out while she was on the run.

Stevens placed a hold on the dog, and if no one claims the dog, she plans to rehabilitate her and put her up for adoption.

"She cannot get out of my yard; it's bomb proof," said Stevens.

County officials said that unlike El Cajon police, it does not use stun guns when capturing strays. They rely on humane traps and tranquilizers.

Stevens said the three county shelters get an estimated 28,000 animals a year.

"This is a reminder for pet owners to have their pets licensed, micro-chipped and spayed and neutered," said Stevens. "We have a lot of stories in our shelters just like this one."

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