by Photo Courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society

The San Diego Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Team is asking for the public’s help with any information that leads to an arrest in felony animal cruelty. 

According to SDHS authorities, two emancipated dogs were found on Oct. 18 in a shipping container left near the Buena Vista Lagoon in Oceanside. A public works employee found the dogs near Jefferson St. at Lagoon View Dr. and contacted Oceanside Police, who then contacted the San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. 

The dogs, a male and female Shepard mixes about a year old, were huddled underneath shrubs near a soft shipping container, according to the SDHS. The male had a tan and black coat, while the female wore a white and black coat. 

The female dog died in the arms of a Humane Officer while being rushed to the San Diego Humane Society Oceanside Campus, while the male underwent humane euthanasia due to his severe condition. 

“These dogs were without proper nutrition for a very long time to reach such an emaciated state,” said Chief of San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Bill Ganley. “The fact that they were next to a shipping container leads us to believe they were intentionally dumped by the lagoon. We could really use the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for this.”

Anyone with information about this case can contact Crime Stoppers’ 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.

Anyone who needs help caring for their pets can contact San Diego Humane Society for assistance. For more information, visit If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect in your neighborhood, please report it to San Diego Humane Society by calling 619-299-7012  (press 1 to report animal abuse). 

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