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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.

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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