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Dog Owner Alleges Neighbor Killed Pooch With Water Hose

Dr. Allan Drusys, Riverside County’s chief veterinarian, said the “dog died under contentious circumstances.”

UPDATED AT 2:37 p.m.: A dog in Lakeland Village was found dead Thursday, and the owner alleged that a neighbor killed it by sticking a hose down its throat.

"They murdered our dog," said Jane Ray, the family pet's owner. "It was hateful."

According to John Welsh, spokesman for the Riverside County Animal Services Department, a 911 call came into the sheriff’s department Thursday afternoon alleging that someone was trying to kill the dog in the 15000 block of Laguna Avenue.

The call was forwarded to animal services and when officers arrived they found Puddles -- a 3-year-old Pit Bull mix who was very pregnant -- dead.

The dog’s owner told an animal services officer that the next-door neighbor put a water hose down Puddles’ mouth and, shortly afterward, the dog and its puppies died, said Lesley Huennekens, a Riverside County Animal Services sergeant based out of the department’s San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

Ray alleged the water hose was running when the killing occurred.

"My son and daughter saw it happen," Ray said. "My son tried to get to the faucet while it was happening but he couldn't get past the electronic gate. Water was coming out of 'Pud's' mouth."

“The dog was wet and the water hose was on at some point or another,” Welsh said.

A necropsy is being performed to determine the actual cause of death.

Witnesses told animal services investigators that Puddles had been involved in “fence fighting” with the neighbor’s dog, Welsh said.

The two dogs were engaged in aggressive acts against each other through a small opening between the two properties, and that gap is where Puddles was found dead – her body lay on her property, but her head was on the neighbor’s side, Welsh explained.

According to Ray, the neighbor said, "'I'm going to take care of this once and for all.' My son and daughter heard him say that."

During the alleged attack on Puddles, the neighbor's German Shepherd also kept a hold on the animal's face, Ray said. "She couldn't go anywhere."

Dr. Allan Drusys, Riverside County’s chief veterinarian, said the “dog died under contentious circumstances.”

No arrests have been made in the case, but if the necropsy results determine Puddles died because of an inhumane act, the Department of Animal Services will file an arrest declaration seeking animal-cruelty charges with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, Welsh said.

Ray said Puddles was a family pet and got along well with the other canines in the household. 

"She bonded with my daughter's boyfriend and followed him everywhere," Ray added, but admitted that Puddles and the neighbor's German Shepherd often sparred through the fence separating the properties.

Welsh told Patch that animal services has never been called to either home, and Ray said that during the nearly two years of living at the location she has not had any altercations with the neighbor.

Neighbor disputes over dogs are common, Welsh said, noting that in many cases they can be avoided with proper fencing that deters canine fighting and barking.

Kimberly Elmore November 02, 2012 at 11:52 PM
This is just digusting.....anyone that can kill or hurt an animal, a domesticated animal is evil. They are a gift from God, for our wellness to have friendship, companionship, and share love with them. Sick, sick, individual. Sad for the poor dog and puppies. ):
Terri Jones November 03, 2012 at 02:00 AM
When I was a girl, my neighbor shot my other neighbor's dog just for wandering onto his property. Back then, nobody said boo about it. In this day and age, I'm glad people get arrested for these heinous acts
5150 November 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Some jack asses leave their dogs outside barking all night keeping the neighbor next door up all night, maybe this is one of them situations . If your going to have a dog keep the animal under control.
Galactic Cannibal November 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Seems to me that these neighbors are your typical Republicans. Cheap Cheap Cheap. Neither would spend the few dollars to fix their fence.. Pathetic and vicious.I say.
Brenda November 03, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Same Kimberly and with all the evidence, witness's I hope this man gets the book thrown at him. Any person who could kill a family pet is sick and to do it in this manner is the most evil of person. This is the kind of death that they do in uncivilized countries for godsake with the hose until they drown. For him to stand there doing that to that doggie and get pleasure from watching her die is one sick sob. He deserves more then the books will throw at him.
John Doe November 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Galactic Cannibal your a BONEHEAD. What has this to do with a party affiliation? It's obvious your on the "Other" side and will use any means to promote Hate for this future of this country. Take your Hate elsewhere dude before we water-board you.
Brenda November 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
This sounds horrible but it is a popular way to train dogs and cats to not get on something they arent supposed to, or barking over a few minutes etc. etc. A spray bottle of water works great to have them stop barking and both neighbors should have started out civil enough to work something like that out on both sides. You can also build a half fence for more protection on either side(whoever cares that is), and also use the water bottle. There are also bark collars, which I do not believe in, only as the last resort. There are many ways to take care of the problem and if they are both outside dogs that would drive everyone crazy. It doesnt say if they were or not. But that going on 24/7 I am surprised no one called animal control prior.
On the right side November 03, 2012 at 10:12 PM
One side of the story only. Doesn't seem possible that a person could force a hose down the throat of a attacking pitbull. Seems more likely that the neighbor was trying to break up a fight using ithe hose and the pitbull attacked the hose. Wait to hear both sides before passing judgement. Shows a lack of respect by both neighbors for their other neighbors. There is more to dog ownership than buying it and feeding it. There comes also a responsibility to be a GOOD neighbor and curtail barking. There are many ways to do this, but it may require some effort.
leaha vogeli November 04, 2012 at 05:37 AM
I honestly that the person who did this should have a garden hose shoved down their throat. They better watch out because im an animal rights activist with the powerful hand of god on my side all idiots who abuse or neglect their animals should get more than just jail time and fines personally I think they should be executed
leaha vogeli November 04, 2012 at 05:48 AM
fool you are stupid no one has the right to drown an animal even if she was barking all night and on top of that the dog was pregnant your a dumbass for even thinking that animal cruelty is okay and if you have any animals I'll make sure they get taken from you by the way if a dog is outside all night its probally cause the owner works the graveyard shift but then again animals arent left outside all night it just seems like that because of the continious barking. you better regonize whos leaving you ths comment watch yourself 5150
leaha vogeli November 04, 2012 at 05:54 AM
leave the polotics out of this you idiot the neighbor shouldve made a formal complaint to their landlord about whatever the issue was your just as stupid as 5150 by the way OBAMA 4 PRES you stupid ass
leaha vogeli November 04, 2012 at 06:06 AM
Listen up people dogs bark its just what they do. Yeah it does get annoying but that doesnt give anyone the right to kill it and you dont shock it with a shock collar either thats bullshit if you dont want to hear dogs barking then fucking go somewhere that doesnt allow animals dah I seriously hate people who fucking do harm of any sort to animals and people need to watch their mouths ALL ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTSAND IF YOU TAKE THEM AWAY YOULL GET YOUR RIGHTS TAKEN FROM YOU
leaha vogeli November 04, 2012 at 06:10 AM
I ABSOLUTELY AGREE 100% PEOPLE LIKE THAT MAKE ME SICK THERES A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR ALL OF THEM
leaha vogeli November 04, 2012 at 06:46 AM
One last thought for the night every person who does harm of any sort to an animal will regret it. I just hope that the animal cruelty stops happening if I hear one more case of cruelty to animals people who do it will not like me at all cause they'll be looking over their shoulder for a very long time People make me fucking sick
Brenda November 04, 2012 at 09:11 AM
I have never had to use a shock collar on my dogs but some find it necessary for a short time. We spend alot of time training, treats, attention, playing, disipline, and always introducing them to neighbors dogs, face to face. That is why dogs bark! I will agree with you that a dog barking or crying all day is annoying, but it's no reason to get in a war with your neighbors. A dog is like a baby with colic, they bark, and cry, and miss their mommy and daddy being around. You should be able to talk to your neighbors and assure them that you are working on the barking and it should be "somewhat" resolved after a bit. But dogs bark to talk, they always bark, they bark when their owner comes home, they bark playing ball, or running around in circles when they get out of the pool wet. I would suggest if you hate animals that bark, or that bad, you should live on a big lot so you are not as close to the other houses as most of us are. It might take a visit from Animal control also, as On the right side says it takes more then just buying a dog and feeding it, it takes a huge amount of time, attention, training and love. Animal control helps and gives resources to train your doggie with barking. But don't be oblivious, dogs will BARK, and animal control only cites if THEY hear it for over half hour straight. IF its found this man DID shoved the hose in this pregnant dogs throat, face, nose an Autopsy will tell, he should get out of town FAST.
5150 November 04, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Hey fool, Princess Leaha? You must be one of them idiots leaving your mutt out barking all night, remember Phillipinos eat dogs!!
5150 November 04, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I have a fire hydrant in my yard!!
TVOR November 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It is incredibly annoying when a person allows their dog to be a problem ny barking all of the time or intimidating people or other pets. However, there is no excuse for cruelty to any animal. There are plenty of proper ways to address the issue. If this person did in fact kill this dog I hope he is charged with cruelty to the mother dog and the puppies she was carrying.
Brenda November 04, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Thank Goodness I don't remember coming across anyone who lets their pet intimidate people or other pets TVOR. I will admit to being scared at going by a house with fenced pit bulls(or other breeds) in there barking at us and looking like they want to tear down the fence. Most dogs are very trainable and do not have to be a problem. Barking is the hardest one to overcome especially when you have a 125lb German Shephard that sounds like a dang bear with a bull horn he is so loud. But usually when they do bark its for excitement, like a little kid telling you a story. Mine will bark and flop its head in the direction its wanting something, either food, to go outside or to get to my grandson at night to sleep. So its like they are saying "This way woof", LOL We get all of our dogs at rescues and just like any they just want to please, learn and get snacks and love. As a last resort there is that dang bark collar and if it is necessary its only while they are out in the backyard to go potty. Most of the times if you are out there with them, after all who wants to go potty by themselves LOL, hanging out or playing they wont bark continuously.
On the right side November 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
leahaaa, YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!! CHILL OUT. You need professional help right now!! Your attitude is what CAUSES all of the problems between neighbors. You DO NOT have a right to invade your neighbors space. Considerate people would not let there dogs bark excessively. I can see that you have NO consideration for others. Too bad. See a post can be made without resorting to PROFANITY!!!
SA November 05, 2012 at 11:05 PM
The killer of Puddles is a demon, not too far off from Sandusky in my book. The killer of Puddles is a demon, not too far off from Sandusky in my book.

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