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Malnourished, matted terriers abandoned at Escondido park

Two of the abandoned terriers after being cleaned up by the Humane Society.

San Diego Humane Society is looking for information to identify the person who dumped two severely neglected terriers at Mountain View Park in Escondido on Sunday, February 3.

A witness reported seeing a person in a grey car, stopping at the park around 2:30 p.m. and dumping what looked like trash near an empty lot on Mountain View Drive.

Two San Diego Humane Society humane officers responded to the call, and brought the male dogs to SDHS’s Escondido Campus for care. The dogs were covered in mud, fleas and so matted they could barely move. SDHS’s medical team triaged the dogs, giving them emergency exams and cleanup. The dogs have tested positive for parasites and are now on quarantine, undergoing treatment.

Because of the critical condition of the dogs, this is a felony cruelty investigation by San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement. 

“For the second time in less than a week, we have a person abandoning helpless animals in an Escondido park,” said Laurel Monreal, sergeant of humane law enforcement for San Diego Humane Society. “We want the public to know, anyone who needs help with their animals can bring them to us without judgement.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. If anyone has information, leads can be reported through an anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. Information can also be reported to San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement by calling 619-299-7012.

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