LOS MOLINOS – The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office rescuing a dog Wednesday led to a woman’s arrest for allegedly abusing the animal.
According to TCSO, animal regulations officers found an emaciated dog at a home in Los Molinos. She had no food or water visible. The canine had lacerations to her face and legs, suspected broken rear legs, missing and broken teeth, and weighed only 45 pounds.
She was seized and taken to a veterinarian.
TCSO said examination showed that she had a scar in her right eye, which appears to have caused blindness in the eye. She had scarring in both ears and muscle wasting in the rear limbs. Plus, there were other injuries.
Her owner, Ma Luisa Bautista Garcia, was contacted at her work, interviewed, and arrested for felony animal cruelty and booked into the Tehama County Jail.
The dog is currently in the care of a Veterinary clinic. TCSO expresses hope she will recover and be moved to the Tehama County Animal Care Center soon to find a loving home, a name, and all the love that she has been neglected during her life.
“We are so proud of our officer who saved her life and remains committed to investigating this case to ensure successful prosecution,” TCSO said. “We will not tolerate the abuse of animals and will relentlessly pursue those who mistreat them.”
The sheriff’s office is asking for the community’s help to come up with a new name for the dog so she can carry it into her new home.