LUCERNE VALLEY: Battered puppy lands teen in lockup

22 Mar

A puppy suffered burns and broken bones so severe that a teenager is in Juvenile Hall in Apple Valley facing prosecution on arson and animal cruelty charges, say San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials.

Limping and gagged with black tape around its muzzle, the 10-month-old pit bull now being called Valentine was found Feb. 10 along Crystal Creek Road near railroad tracks in Lucerne Valley.

“The puppy (had) a partially severed right front pay, broken left front paw, burns to her face and front legs and a skull fracture,” sheriff’s investigators said in a written statement. “Veterinarians had to amputate the right front paw.”

On Tuesday, deputies submitted their reports to San Bernardino County District Attorney’s prosecutors who filed the two felony charges against a 17-year-old boy who had been arrested March 17.

His name is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

Anyone with information about the case may call Detective Michelle Brand at 760-552-6800.


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