Suffering dog rescued, treated by San Diego County Animal Services

Starving dog saved by Good Samaritan
Starving dog saved by Good Samaritan
Posted at 10:15 AM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 17:43:58-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County Animal Services wants the public’s help to find the owner of a dog found suffering from extreme hunger in Logan Heights.

A Good Samaritan saw the dog on Dec. 6 with its ribs and spine clearly visible, said animal services officials.

The person took the dog, a 5-year-old Cane Corso, to the County Animal Services shelter on Gaines St. for treatment.

Dogs of this breed would normally weigh more than 100 pounds but the rescued dog weighed 62 pounds, officials said.

“There is absolutely no excuse for this poor dog to be in such horrific condition,” said County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa. “Blood tests show nothing out of the ordinary to explain why this dog is so emaciated. The only reason left is that someone starved this dog.”


Animal Services scores the bodies of abused pets during animal cruelty and neglect investigations. On a scale of one to nine, “one” would be extremely thin. The rescued dog scored a mere .5.


Animal shelter veterinarians said the dog, which they named Bruno, is extremely friendly. Bruno has wagged his tail so much that he accidentally hit some hard objects and injured it, officials said. His tail may need amputation.

The owner, if he or she is found, could face animal cruelty charges. A conviction could lead to up to three years in prison and a fine up to $20,000. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 619-767-2740.

County Animal Services started taking applications Friday for Bruno’s adoption.