Sacto 9-1-1
August 24, 2011
Suspect sought in Olivehurst animal cruelty case

The Yuba County Sheriff's Department seeks the public's help in locating a suspect in a case of animal cruelty that left a dog badly injured earlier this month.

Just before 7 p.m. Aug. 2, several residents of the 1800 block of Seventh Avenue in Olivehurst saw a dog suspended from the bed of a pickup truck as it drove east on Seventh Avenue. The dog, a female American bulldog, appeared to have been attached to a rope in the bed of the truck, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The dog came loose from the rope and fell to the roadway, where it may have been run over by a rear tire of the truck. The driver stopped the vehicle, then allegedly backed up, running over the dog again before driving away.

Residents phoned authorities, and Yuba County Animal Care Services transported the dog for medical treatment. Officials said the dog suffered major internal injuries and broken bones but is continuing to receive care and is improving.

Witnesses described the driver of the truck as a white man with short, shaved blond hair. The vehicle was described as an older, full-size pickup, possibly primer gray or silver.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Yuba County Sheriff's Department at (530) 749-7777.

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