STOCKTON, CA - A Sacramento-based animal protection group is offering a $2,500 reward to catch the people who attached an explosive device to the neck of a small spaniel mix dog.
The resulting blast on Wednesday created a deep gash roughly 10 inches long and may leave the dog with permanent hearing loss.
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Veterinary staff caring for the dog said the outcome could have been much worse considering the power of the explosion.
"It's quite a miracle that he's still alive right now," said Madi Fawn, a veterinary technician at the Family Pet Hospital in Stockton. "He's quite a trooper."
The dog was originally described as a dacshund, but Fawn said it was actually a spaniel long-haired chihuahua mix.
She said the staff had begun calling the dog Rocket and would care for him through the holiday weekend before taking him to the Stockton Animal Shelter for possible adoption.
The RedRover organization offered the reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man and woman, both said to be in their 20s, who injured the dog in the area of Townehome Drive and Bianchi Road.
"Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so Stockton residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this sick and cruel act is punished to the full
extent of the law," RedRover president and CEO Nicole Forsyth wrote in a news release.
Anyone with information was encouraged to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.
The public also can text any information pertaining to this investigation to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword TIPSPD.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net