Search warrant served in Oceanside dog torture case

Posted at 10:27 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 02:48:25-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) --  Oceanside Police served a search warrant on a neighbor in connection with the case where someone broke into a family’s home and brutally tortured their two huskies.

Neighbors saw the man when he was pulled over by police a few blocks from his home, they said

“He was sitting on the corner, and the police were questioning him…when I got back into the neighborhood there was undercover cops already in his house, so we knew it was him,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Police searched the man’s home on Carino Way for three hours, neighbors said.

His home is directly next door to the home where, in May, the two Huskies, Estrella and Cocuyo, were found by their owners severely injured after someone broke into the home, poured a corrosive liquid over the dogs and down their throats, and plucked out one of Estrella’s eyes.

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A police lieutenant told 10news they arrested a man in the dog torture case, brought him to the police station, but he was later released. It’s unclear why.

“Whenever I look at her scar I will always think of what horrible things he did to her that day. It scars me as well, mentally,” 13-year-old Emily said while holding her dog Estrella.

Emily and her family are traumatized by what happened to their dogs, who have since recovered.

Emily said she forgives the person who hurt her dogs. Her family moved out of the rental home the day the dogs were found injured.

Last weekend a new family moved in. Within days, their dog LaLa went missing from the backyard and has not been found.

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Neighbors said whoever rents the home is targeted.

“Dogs tortured, the family before them," a neighbor said. "They were being harassed."