Authorities in Yolo County are investigating an animal cruelty case after a pit bull found abandoned on the side of the road died as a result of severe internal injuries sustained through an “unprofessional” attempt to spay the dog.
Yolo County Animal Services officers first found the animal after receiving reports of an injured pit bull Tuesday on the side of Willow Point Road in Clarksburg. Officers responding to the call found the dog in an emaciated state, with a large incision on her abdomen that appeared to be infected. A second pit bull, believed to have been dumped at the same time as the injured dog, was recovered shortly after. Neither of the dogs had collars or microchips.
The injured pit bull was taken to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital to be treated before being transferred to Yolo County Animal Services for surgery. During the surgery, county veterinarians found the dog suffering from vaginal hyperplasia and internal tissue damage to its abdomen wall, in addition to a severe infection inside the abdomen. Sutures along the incision site on the abdomen appear to have been made with braided fishing line, which caused serious irritation to the incision.
Veterinary staff determined the extent of the dog's injuries were too great, and euthanized the animal.
Authorities estimate that the “unprofessional” spaying had been performed five to seven days before the dog was abandoned.
“The condition of this dog was horrifying, and whoever performed the spay surgery did so in an unprofessional manner prior to this dog being dumped in Clarksburg,” the Yolo County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Authorities said they’ve picked up 16 abandoned dogs in the area in the past six months — 10 of which have been pit bulls, with many suffering from injuries and in an emaciated state. Most of the dogs have been found in the rural sections of South River Road, Willow Point Road, Babel Slough Road and County Road 141 in Clarksburg.
Vicky Fletcher, chief animal Services officer at the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, said two other dogs dumped in the area in recent months had to be euthanized because they were too emaciated by the time they were recovered by Animal Services.
Other abandoned dogs recently recovered by Animal Services have suffered from lacerations and burn scars. Fletcher said it’s unknown if these injuries are related to dog fighting.
Authorities are asking anyone with information identifying the owner of the two pit bulls to contact Yolo County Animal Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-668-5287. Authorities are also asking that anyone who witnesses a person(s) or vehicle abandoning a dog in the Clarksburg area contact Yolo County Animal Services at 530-666-8282.