Find Suspect Accused of Leaving Dog in Dumpster

Target: Deputy Director of Animal Services, Dan DeSousa

Goal: Find the person who left a dog in a dumpster at a San Diego school and bring them to justice

A dog was recently found left inside a high school dumpster in Spring Valley, California near San Diego. The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services has opened an investigation but they currently have no suspects and are actively reaching out to the community for witnesses. The person responsible must be found and brought to justice before they can harm more animals.

The dog was a 10-year-old cocker spaniel. He was found wrapped in a blanket and stuffed inside a plastic trash bag that had been tied shut. The bag, with the dog inside, was then thrown in the dumpster. Sadly, he had to be euthanized at the Department’s animal care center. His hair was so matted that he would have never been able to walk again and no amount of medical attention could have altered the condition he was in.

The local animal welfare organization, San Diego Animal Advocates, is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party. Due to the severity of the dog’s condition, they could receive felony charges that would result in imprisonment and a $20,000 fine, some of the most severe animal cruelty charges on record.

Please sign the petition below to encourage the Department of Animal Services, as well as the rest of San Diego, to do whatever it takes to bring those responsible to justice and not allow the case, like so many others involving animal cruelty, to be forgotten.


Dear Dan DeSousa,

While I appreciate the effort you have already put forth in trying to catch the person responsible for leaving a 10 year old cocker spaniel in a high school dumpster, I urge you to not cease until they are found. Far too many cases of animal cruelty such as this fall into the cracks and never reach the courts.

The responsible party must be found so they never have the chance to harm another animal again. Please do whatever it takes to bring them to justice and protect the dogs and cats of San Diego.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Dale Joseph Bolender via Flickr

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  1. Show me how you treat animals and I will tell you who you are.

  2. Robert Hardy says:

    If the cost is too expensive to use DNA testing to find the suspect there is a very simple solution. Force whoever did it to pay for it as well as the rest of the investigation.

  3. Dawn Fornillo says:

    To the demented waste of life that committed this atrocity, I am sure you will suffer ten times as much because karma is a bitch and now it is your turn to suffer intensely at the hands of your fate……dirtbag!

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