Reward offered after dog hurt by explosive

June 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

With a crime rate of 73 per 1000 residents, Stockton has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  Here are a couple of signs I’ve seen here in Stockton.

 It doesn’t surprise me that this spills over into crime against animals.  Here is a story that was in the local newspaper, The Record, the other day.

STOCKTON (CBS13) – In a disturbing story of animal cruelty in Stockton, someone strapped an explosive to a dog and detonated it.

The dog survived the Wednesday morning blast and is being taken care of at Family Pet Hospital. While the veterinarian said the dog was extremely shaken, he said he does expect the dog to recover. CBS13 visited the dog, now named Rocket, on Thursday.

“This morning we received a call of an animal that was injured in the area of Bianchi and Townehome,” said Stockton Police Officer Joseph Silva on Wednesday.

When officers arrived at Townehome Drive and Bianchi Road at about 11:15 a.m., they found more than just an animal in trouble. It was a dog still smoldering after an explosive device was strapped to its body and lit.

“It’s being described as an M-80 type of device that was strapped to the dog,” Silva said.

The M-80 did not kill the small dachshund mix, but witnesses say the stunned and scorched pooch could hardly move.

“It was a very large open wound with burns, a lot of damage was done,” said Vet Tech Madison Phawn.
Two suspects, a man and a woman, ran from the scene.

Vets stitched a nearly foot long wound.

“It was a very traumatic experience,” said Phawn.

The explosive charred Rocket’s coat and doctor’s say the explosion may have damaged his hearing.

After an emergency surgery Wednesday night, Rocket is doing better than anyone expected.

“Very sweet and loving, even when he fist arrived he was pretty lovable,” said Phawn.

Police say the dog appears to be a stray with no tags.

The suspects are described as a black man, 25-30 years old, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and gray-black jeans, and a black woman, 20 years old, last seen wearing a gray tank top and blue jeans.

The last reports that I’ve heard is that they still haven’t found the people who did this to Rocket.  The good news is that there are many, many people who want to adopt him.  We wish you the best Rocket and hope your life from now on is a much happier one!


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