Owner of dog with severed leg may face criminal charges
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County Animal Services officials say the owner of a dog whose severed paw was left untreated for about a week may face animal cruelty charges.
Spokeswoman Tracy DeFore says the terrier mix, named Solei, has recovered after losing its paw when it was hit by a truck. Solei is now up for adoption.
The Union-Tribune newspaper says (http://bit.ly/2izNR5x ) a neighbor who noticed the dog’s injury called authorities Jan. 5.
The dog’s owner told officers the animal was struck around Christmas and he didn’t have money to afford veterinary treatment.
Animal Services has turned over the case to county prosecutors. DeFore says aside from the owner, a second person also may face charges.
If convicted, each person could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com