Shocking video shows man tossing his pet pit bull over a razor wire fence at a Southern California cellphone tower – as Animal Services seek an arrest warrant for the 30-year-old owner
- Shocking video shows a man throw a dog over a barbed-wire gate
- The incident happened in Riverside County, California in December
- The man can be seen hurling the dog before abandoning him
- Police are now seeking the pup’s owner, who has since disappeared
- The animal, nicknamed Ken, is up for adoption
Animal service officials in Southern California are looking for a man who recently threw a dog over a razor-wire fence and abandoned the animal.
The horrifying incident which was caught on camera shows the moments a man picks up the dog and hurls him over a gate at a cellphone tower in Riverside County.
The dog’s owner, 30-year-old Robert Ruiz Jr., has since disappeared without a trace as officials search for answers.
The ‘very sweet’ pup was mostly unhurt in the incident, according to local officials
The video, taken from a security camera on the cellphone tower, was shared by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services Wednesday.
Local officials are hoping the video may prompt someone to come forward with information on the man whose actions could have resulted in the death of an innocent dog.
The incident occurred in Winchester, a census-designated place southwest of Los Angeles and northeast of Temecula.
In the 45-second video shared by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, the animal can be seen standing next to the man for several seconds before he picks the dog up over his head and throws him through the air.
The eight-year-old pit-bull mix is thrown backward, even getting caught on the razor-wire in the midst of the air.
The snag causes the dog, who was originally named KO, to flip before luckily landing on his paws.
The incident occurred in Winchester, a census-designated place southwest of Los Angeles and northeast of Temecula
This is where the dog was thrown over a razor wire fence in California
The man in the video immediately walks away after tossing the pup, taking off quickly from the site.
KO, renamed Ken by animal center officials, then goes to the corner of the gated area and looks out longingly at the man walking away.
Ken then is heard quietly whimpering until the video cuts out.
DailyMail.com spoke with John Welsh from the Southern California animal center who said the ‘sweet’ animal is still in their custody.
‘It’s heartbreaking to see an animal treated this way,’ Welsh said.
In the 45 second video shared by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, the animal can be seen standing next to the man for several seconds before he picks the dog up over his head
The man, believed to be Robert Ruiz Jr., 30, then throws him through the air over the fence
While Welsh said he is not an animal behavior specialist, he said the dog’s response may
‘That dog clearly was looking like “hey, where are you going, why are you leaving me?”‘ the Riverside County animal services worker said.
Maintenance workers eventually found the dog and reached out to the animal services department and caring for Ken at the scene.
Employees told the animal services worker the dog was very thirsty and that they gave him three bottles of water.
Ken is microchipped which is how officials were able to identify his owner as Ruiz Jr.
Several attempts have been made to reach Ruiz Jr. at his Temecula address but the man no longer lives there and the number attached to the chip is not allowing calls, according to officials.
‘We’re now moving forward with seeking the arrest warrant because this person needs to be held accountable for such a horrible act of willful abandonment,’ Animal Services Commander Josh Sisler said in a new release.
Sisler also said he is confident the man in the video is Ruiz Jr.
The eight-year-old pit-bull mix is thrown backwards, even getting caught on the razor-wire in the midst of the air.
The snag causes the dog, who was originally named KO, to flip before luckily landing on his paws
Welsh told DailyMail.com the declaration to arrest has not been filed as of January 5.
‘It is just shocking to see this act. It’s a small miracle the dog did not suffer serious injuries from the razor wire or from such a high drop,’ Sisler said.
Ken was examined by veterinarians for injuries and is being cared for at a shelter in Jurupa Valley, Welsh said.
The pup was also treated his eyes for mucus discharge.
Ken is now up for adoption or transfer to one of the county’s partner rescue organizations.
Welsh said the center is accepting tips and applications
‘We’re getting a lot of interest from the public,’ said Welsh.
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Ruiz Jr. or is interested in adopting Ken can reach out to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services at [email protected]
KO, renamed Ken by animal center officials, then goes to the corner of the gated area and looks out longingly at the man walking away
The video of the incident sparked backlash from animal lovers on social media who were shocked by the horrendous actions of the man.
‘Perhaps tossing the “owner” over a tall fence with razor wire into an enclosure with no food, no water or shelter would be appropriate in addition to a fine,’ suggested one person.
‘Hoping for a speedy arrest and quick placement in an amazing home for Ken,’ said one Facebook user.
‘This is why I don’t trust very many people because to many are flat out evil. Thank goodness the dog is in good hands now,’ said another.
‘That precious dog goes to the fence watching that jerk walk away wagging his tail .. please find that guy .. the dog will be shown love from now on,’ wrote one person.
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