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Search for suspect in disturbing dog abuse case

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A poodle is recovering from severe injuries from rubber bands wrapped around her mouth.

Deputy directors for The San Diego County Animal Services say a resident in the 2900 block of Ocean View Boulevard in Logan Heights saw the dog wondering alone with rubber bands around her muzzle in Memorial Park Friday.

“They have been on there several weeks or longer to do that amount of damage. This just isn't something that occurred overnight,” said David Johnson, Deputy Director for Veterinarian Services, San Diego County Animal Services.

Animal Control responded on Friday and rescued the pup where she is getting treated at its Gaines Street facility. The cut from the rubber band was so deep you could see the dog's jaw.

“It is tremendously heartbreaking to see such a sweet little dog that has obviously suffered for an extended period of time. It just tugs at your heartstrings and makes you wonder how in the world someone could do this,” said Daniel DeSousa, Deputy Director, San Diego County Animal Services. “It is horrific to look at and just by looking at it makes me hurt just looking at it.”

As CBS News 8 crews were in the Logan Heights neighborhood, Animal Control investigators were responding to a stray dog call. They told CBS News 8 they just finished knocking on doors and following up on leads.

“We need the public to step up and do right by this dog,” said DeSousa.

Investigators say they have a promising lead on who last had custody of the dog and who may have wrapped rubber bands around its mouth but they are working to find out on who owned the dog.

“It would be so much nicer if they could talk to us but unfortunately every case that comes to us is somewhat of a mystery and we put the clues together and provide the necessary care they need,” said Johnson.

Investigators believe the dog is a little over a year old but they will have a better idea on her age when they can look at her teeth during surgery.

The Spirit Fund is donation driven and helps medically treat abused animals.

The poodle's recovery will take weeks and once she is healed that is when Animal Services will determine if she can be adopted. She is not up for adoption now.

If convicted of Animal Cruelty, a suspect could face up to three years in prison and/or pay a $20,000 fine.

If you have any information about this dog and the abuse call the Department's patrol line at (619) 767-2740 or you can remain anonymous and call CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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