Yolo County Trash Bin Dog Euthanized
Do you recognize this dog?
Yolo County Dog Found In Trash Bin
Originally posted October 2, 2010
Davis, California is a medium sized city (64,938 in 2007) in Yolo County, California. It is known for its beautiful bicycle paths and bicycle trails. It is also known as the second most educated city in the United States.
This week Yolo County made the news because of an abandoned dog left to die in a trash bin. The dog was euthanized Friday.
I'd just posted my latest hub on Small Town Epidemic: Animals Abandoned and Left To Die on HubPages. But this poor dog deserves some recognition and the Davis County and Animal Services need your help.
Someone abandoned an old gray dog in a trash bin at Danville Apartments located in the 1200 block of Kenney Place. The maintenance man found the female terrier mix dog on Thursday, September 30, 2010, and Animal Services transported it to UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
The dog was unable to stand due to age-related problems and was obviously in great pain. The staff decided it best to euthanize the dog on Friday.
Please don't let whoever did this get away with this crime.
Here are some of the laws applicable in this case under the California Penal Code: Animal Welfare Provisions.
§597. Cruelty to animals.
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (c) of this section or Section 599c, every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures or wounds a living animal or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal, is guilty of an offence punishable by imprisonment in the state prison or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment, or, alternatively, by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.
(e) For the purposes of subdivision (c) each act of malicious and intentional maiming, mutilating, or torturing a separate specimen of a creature described in subdivision (d) is a separate offense. If any person is charged with a violation of subdivision (c), the proceedings shall be subject to Section 12157 of the Fish and Game Code.
§597t. Animals in confinement.
Every person who keeps an animal confined in an enclosed area shall provide it with an adequate exercise area. If the animal is restricted by a leash, rope, or chain, the leash, rope, or chain shall be affixed in such a manner that it will prevent the animal from becoming entangled or injured and will permit the animals' access to adequate shelter, food, and water. Violation of this section constitutes a misdemeanor.
This section shall not apply to an animal which is in transit, in a vehicle, or in immediate control of a person.
This information is up to date (December 18, 2009) and the entire code can be read at http://www.anapsid.org/pettrade/penalcode.html.
As you can see, California takes animal cruelty seriously. This isn't a state with a "slap on the wrist" punishment. I feel sure if the state investigates the case and finds the dog was initially crippled through abuse additional charges will be filed.
The current problem is the dog had no tags or microchip to identify her. That's why help in needed by those who live in the Danielle Apartments area. This poor girl was placed in the dumpster under the assumption she was already dead or with the purpose of killing her.
Anyone who has any info on the case is asked to call Animal Services at (530) 668-5287, extension 0, or the Davis Police Department at its non-emergency number (530) 747-5400.
Elisa Black-Taylor is a regular contributor to www.pictures-of-cats.org
I did a similar story at www.pictures-of-cats.org that can be found here. Thankfully it had a better ending.