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A California man was arrested for leaving a puppy for dead earlier this month – allegedly violating his misdemeanor probation, authorities say.
The Vallejo man – whose identity has not been revealed – allegedly abandoned the French Bulldog puppy in a gas station dumpster on August 18.
A customer reportedly found the dog wrapped in a plastic grocery bag as he dumped his own rubbish.
After tearing open the bag and finding the dog, the customer notified a nearby attendant, who alerted authorities.
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A Solano County Sheriff’s Officer found the young French Bulldog unresponsive, but he was still alive.
“Officer checked for signs of life and was able to determine that the pup was alive, but barely,” Solano Sheriff’s Animal Control Services wrote on Facebook.
Authorities transported the puppy to a veterinarian, who was able to stabilize the dog’s condition. The pup – although not yet fully recovered – is in the care of the county animal control division.
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Officials say the suspect admitted to throwing the puppy in the dumpster because he believed he was dying.
“They said the pup recently had diarrhea and was ‘just dying,'” Solano Sheriff’s Animal Control Services wrote on Facebook. “They admitted to never attempting to seek veterinary care for the pup.”
In addition to animal abuse, the suspect was charged with willfully abandoning an animal and violating his misdemeanor probation.
Authorities have not disclosed his previous violation, but the suspect has been incarcerated in a Solano County jail.
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Animal abuse in California is punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a possible $20,000 fine.