LAPD to Probe Pit Bull Abuse

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We decided to share this picture of Precious Cargo for this update, instead of the other pictures. This was her picture when she was “Valerie” at the Orange County Shelter (pic credit OC Adoptable dogs), before she was adopted from there. We do not know much about her adoption, the process there or what happened after she left on July 23rd. We know she was spayed and microchipped to a male Hispanic who we tried to contact once we found out she was chipped. We were not successful. Often we get dogs that are chipped and we locate the owners at their address or by phone. We know there are puzzle pieces many of us are trying to put together. This sad event has made us appreciate our GRFF family, followers and people who love dogs from all over. Dogs get dumped out of cars all over the USA. People fail dogs, we do not, you do not. Shelters are overwhelmed and overcrowded. If you have followed us for a while you know we take sick street and shelter dogs and hope we can pay the bills. Most of the time the dogs are trying, they get better and we raise the necessary funds to treat dogs like Spirit, Martha and Walter. Cargo was not that lucky. Thank you Pet Care Veterinary Center for stabilizing her and letting us know she wagged her tail. We are glad the community cared, we are glad you care. Community members provided the information of her whereabouts late on Monday night. They provided the information about the men (two black males) who took her out of a car and left her injured on the sidewalk. Yes, the incident is being investigated, that’s all we know. Our real jobs, lives and the other 40 GRFF dogs make it impossible for us to respond to all the DMs, emails or comments individually. Thank you all! When we were notified Tuesday morning that Cargo was being examined, barked and was happy before she fell and passed away, we were just as devastated as you. 💔Our hearts go out to D who picked her up, put her in her car and talked nice to her on the way to the Vet. We know your heart is broken. 💔

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A local rescue group is calling for an investigation into animal cruelty after coming to the aid of a dying female pit bull dumped in a South Los Angeles neighborhood following a suspected sexual assault, it was reported today.

Members of Ghetto Rescue -- a nonprofit animal rescue group based in Anaheim Hills -- were alerted Monday evening by a resident in the 100 block of West 85th Street in Florence that a gray and white pit bull had been dumped from a small, dark-colored car by two men, according to a Facebook post, the Orange County Register reported.

A chip on the 5-year-old dog showed she was adopted from the Orange County animal shelter on July 23. The pit bull, named Valerie, had been in the shelter for three months.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Animal Cruelty Task Force has started an investigation, according to the Register.

“(Valerie) passed away about one hour ago, and we are in tears,” Ghetto Rescue posted on Facebook at 11:16 a.m. Tuesday. “She was comfortable, and on pain medication. The only thing we can be thankful for is she did not die on the sidewalk alone. Other than her vagina trauma nothing was obviously wrong. No scrapes or abrasions.”

“She had no external injuries and none were seen in Xray,” the post continued. “While writing this post we were informed that her aorta was ruptured. Vet suspects trauma to the chest area.”

Posts by Ghetto Rescue drew the attention of the LAPD. On Thursday, Aug. 9, investigators began interviewing witnesses, said LAPD Detective Al Erkelens. Investigators also were planning to speak with the veterinarian who treated Valerie on Monday night.

Erkelens said he cannot confirm Ghetto Rescue's allegation of sexual assault but said it will be investigated, as will the pit bull's aortic rupture.

“There are two possible crimes, bestiality which is a misdemeanor and intentional injury to the dog that was meant to inflict pain, suffering or death to the dog,” Erkelens said. “If (someone) did something to cause the aorta to rupture, that is a felony.”

Erkelens said his unit responds to less than 10 cases of bestiality a year.

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