Pair of abandoned dogs rescued on US Highway 50
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — El Dorado County Animal Services is looking for information from anyone who may have witnessed two German shepherd dogs being abandoned on U. S. Highway 50 near Bridal Veil Falls and Fresh Pond last week.
The young adult male dogs, which were found malnourished and with their metal chain collars embedded into their necks, were rescued by El Dorado County Animal Services and are now safely at the shelter in Diamond Springs.
“It appears the dogs were not only abandoned but also severely neglected,” Henry Brzezinski, chief of animal services said in a press release. “We’re thankful to have the dogs safely in our care, but trying to learn more about what occurred and what caused someone to commit this cruel act.”
According to Brzezinski, animal services officers went to great lengths to capture the dogs so that they could be helped.
“The dogs were very frightened and ran and hid in an area of the forest with steep terrain that was difficult for our officers to access,” said Brzezinski.
“Over the next week, we continued to patrol and look in the area for the dogs. We knew they were still there and must be tired and hungry. We had placed a humane trap with food for bait in the area, but the dogs were large dogs and they were leery of the trap.”
Animal services officers came up with a solution to get the dogs.
“One of our officers had heard of a unique trap called a Missy Trap that is used to humanely capture larger domestic animals when conventional traps don’t work,” said Brzezinski in the release.
Officers placed a remote camera near the trap so that the on-call officer would be alerted if the dogs entered the trap.
The trap worked and the dogs were captured on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 19.
The dogs were transported to the veterinarian to receive a medical exam and needed care.
The veterinarian confirmed that both of the dogs were malnourished, one severely, and that surgery was needed to remove the metal chain embedded in the neck of one of the dogs. The other dog’s chain was removed by clinic staff.
Both dogs received the medical care they needed and were then transported to the shelter.
Animal Services is reporting that both dogs, which have been given the names Toby and Ash by staff, are doing better now and recovering.
“They both were very scared at first, but they’re starting to feel more comfortable, eating and responding to follow up care by our shelter staff. We expect them to fully recover,” said Brzezinski.
“We are proud of the excellent teamwork and coordination by our Western Slope and South Lake Tahoe Animal Services units so that we could have a successful outcome for the dogs,” said Brzezinski. “I’d also like to thank our partners at the California Highway Patrol – Placerville office who provided assistance.”
Animal Services is asking anyone with information about this case to please contact them at 530-621-5795.
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