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Lakeland Village Dog Dies After Water Hose Crammed Down Its Throat, Owner Alleges

Dr. Allan Drusys, Riverside County’s chief veterinarian, said the “dog died under contentious circumstances.”

UPDATED AT 2:37 p.m.: A dog in Lakeland Village was found dead Thursday, and the owner is alleging a neighbor killed it by sticking a hose down its throat.

"They murdered our dog," said Jane Ray, the family pet's owner. "It was hateful."

According to John Welsh, spokesman for the Riverside County Animal Services Department, a 911 call came into the sheriff’s department Thursday afternoon alleging that someone was trying to kill the dog in the 15000 block of Laguna Avenue.

The call was forwarded to animal services and when officers arrived they found Puddles, a 3-year-old Pit Bull mix who was very pregnant, dead.

The dog’s owner told an animal services officer that the next-door neighbor put a water hose down Puddles’ mouth and, shortly afterward, the dog and its puppies died, said Lesley Huennekens, a Riverside County Animal Services sergeant based out of the department’s San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

Ray alleges the water hose was on when the killing occurred.

"My son and daughter saw it happen," Ray said. "My son tried to get to the faucet while it was happening but he couldn't get past the electronic gate. Water was coming out of 'Pud's' mouth."

“The dog was wet and the water hose was on at some point or another,” Welsh confirmed.

A necropsy is being performed to determine the actual cause of death.

Witnesses told animal services investigators that Puddles had been involved in “fence fighting” with the neighbor’s dog, Welsh said.

The two dogs were engaged in aggressive acts against each other through a small opening between the two properties, and that gap is where Puddles was found dead – her body lay on her property, but her head was on the neighbor’s side, Welsh explained.

According to Ray, the neighbor said, "I'm going to take care of this once and for all. My son and daughter heard him say that." During the alleged attack on Puddles, the neighbor's German Shepherd also kept a hold on the animal's face, Ray said. "She couldn't go anywhere."

Dr. Allan Drusys, Riverside County’s chief veterinarian, said the “dog died under contentious circumstances.”

No arrests have been made in the case, but if the necropsy results determine Puddles died due to an inhumane act, the Department of Animal Services will file an arrest declaration seeking animal-cruelty charges with the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, Welsh said.

Ray said Puddles was a family pet and got along well with the other canines in the household. 

"She bonded with my daughter's boyfriend and followed him everywhere," Ray added, but admitted that Puddles and the neighbor's German Shepherd often sparred through the fence separating the properties.

Welsh confirmed that animal services has never been called to either home, and Ray said during the nearly two years of living at the location she has not had any altercations with the neighbor.

Neighbor disputes over dogs are common, Welsh said, noting that in many cases they can be avoided with proper fencing that deters canine fighting and barking.

Ken Mayes November 02, 2012 at 09:26 PM
What I find most interesting about this article is the fact that the animal control officer came from a shelter 33 miles away, did not the county lead the way in building a 15 million dollar shelter not 8 miles from this location. Just maybe this animal would have survived had not the animal control officer spent a hour getting to this location instead of the 15 minutes it would have taken from the local shelter. I guess the cost of the local shelter is just to much for the county to contract with.
Martha L. Bridges November 02, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Ken, as Lakeland Village is is under the county, they are not serviced by the new AFV shelter. Seem completely illogical to me too.
Constant Comment November 02, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I'm pretty sure that the dog was already dead so I don't believe that 'time' was an issue at that point. I do believe that because of this heinous crime, that the Riverside Countys Chief Veterinarian was called in. That office 'is' 33 miles away. Because pending arrests are involved here, I am glad that they called the PROPER authorities in on this (The Dept of Animal Services) & not just the local shelter.
Diana November 02, 2012 at 10:32 PM
FYI, I found a stray a few months back and put him in my back yard until I could find the Owner, I live on the border between LE City & Riverside CO, I found the dog on the City side of Machado but because I live on the CO. LEAF would not come and get the dog, however when I went through the County Animal Control services the dog was picked up by them and taken to the LEAF shelter in Wildomar, later his Owner was found. So although you're in the County, they deal with LEAF because it is closer then Banning, Riverside or Jurupa.
tammy November 02, 2012 at 10:39 PM
sounds to me like the owner of the pitbull should have taken care of their dog how long do you have to put up with idiots that dont take care of their animals and their dog is sticking its head through the fence and messing with your dog if you want to own a pit bull then dont let it terrorize the neighborhood I have a right not to have someones dog on my property Pitbull owners think their dogs are above the law the owners got what they deserved too bad they pushed the guy to where he had to take care of it himself
BLUESGUITAR777 November 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Are you for real? You couldn't possibly be any more ignorant. What are you, the wife of the accused?? Why do you assume that it's automatically the Pit's fault? I have a Pit mix and whenever I take him to my parents' house it's their d@mn chihuahua that goes into a conniption and my big ol' Pit could care less. He's a harmless oversized puppy. Pits have an undeserved bad reputation due to the MSM and bad owners (ie Michael Vick, etc). People like you make me sick. The ball bounces both ways, you know. The accused could of patched the fence or said something to the owners himself. It should never resort to what he did. I'm really glad you're not my neighbor...
tammy November 03, 2012 at 12:39 AM
as am i
Robyn Certain November 03, 2012 at 01:04 AM
There is always two sides to any story involving neighbors and their dogs. This story appears to be told from the viewpoint of only one dog owner. It's sad to see a pet lose it's life, but I will wait to hear the other dog owners story before I pass judgement.
Helen November 03, 2012 at 01:27 AM
According to a news report I just watched (CBS2), David’s (the neighbor who allegedly killed the pit-bull) German Shepherd had a hold of Puddle’s lower area of her jaw through a hole in a chain link fence; which ticked off David (witnesses claim that David made the comment that he was going to end this right now) who grabbed a hose, shoved it down her throat and filled the pit-bull with water at full blast until she was bloated (one of Puddle’s owners and another neighbor were yelling at him to stop) which Puddle was dead shortly thereafter. The necropsy has been completed and now it’s a matter of whether or not the vets’ findings will be sent to the DA’s office. In order to have done that, that would mean the neighbor, David had to have grabbed the pit-bull and held on to her the entire time. Patch the chain link fence for crying out loud! From what they showed on the news, it was more easily accessible from David’s side than it was Puddle’s owners side so David could have blocked it off, repaired it or something.
True Authority November 03, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Ken Mayes are you really this insensitive? Quit whining about your damn politics, save it for a more appropriate forum. At issue here is what happened to this dog. What a despicable thing this is that was done this dog. I would rather hear of a human murdering another human than killing a dog because they are annoyed by it,
gabriella68 November 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
TAMMY..... I LIVE A FEW BLOCKS AWAY FROM WHERE IT HAPPENED, AND I ALWAYS SEE THE DOG AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. IT WAS A VERY FRIENDLY DOG AND BEING A PITBULL DOES NOT MEAN IT'S A KILLER.
4 banger racing November 03, 2012 at 06:13 AM
if u didnt notice from the new cast on channel 5 at 10 pm the other pit bull in the same yard was joyfull no anger at all they were raised as pets not low life dogs like most people make there pitbulls to be. the dog could go anywere and wouldnt harm anyone any dog is going to have issues with another one at any fence line no matter how good its trained.. pud was being held by her bottom jaw from the neighbors dog while he put the hose in her mouth
Ken Mayes November 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
True Authority What better time to bring up the County of Riverside's treatment of the citizens of Lakeland Village. The county makes ten's of thousand's of dollars a year in administration fees servicing the debt on the Southwest Animal Shelter and they spend this money where, not in Lakeland Village for animal control services. More than likely this money is spent in Wino County on traffic circles for the hotel industry and a supervisor's legacy instead of in a community that borders the only natural lake in Southern California.
True Authority November 03, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Ken Mayes, thank you for answering my question. You really are that insensitive. The issue is not your petty thoughts about where tax dollars are spent. The issue is that a monster of human being tortured a dog until death because the monster cannot control his emotions and reacted horrifically to an instinctual behavior on the part of the dog. I liken your incessant whining about local politics to the behaviors of this dog. Your immature blathering is very annoying to me, but however much I may want to, I will resist the urge to shove a garden hose down your throat in order to "take care of this once and for all". The actions of the “Neighbor” were hideous and unconscionable. Justice must be done.
Anna November 04, 2012 at 12:57 AM
your right a dog owner should take care of his pet, but there were 2 dogs not just the pit and they both should have made sure that the dogs could not get at each other, how do you know that the shepherd did not make the hole - everyone is so quick to blame a pit for every thing but every dog owner should maintain a safe place for their pet
Ken Mayes November 04, 2012 at 03:26 AM
True Authority You are correct in assuming I am insensitive to the loss of life of another animal, animal control currently euthanizes 40% of all animals it takes in which is no less tragic. I am far more concerned that a human being (can't call him a monster, don't know him) felt they had no choice but to commit a despicable, heinous crime. Therefore I will continue to place much of the blame on the lack of local "animal control" available to the residents. I would say it would be a fair guess that none of the animals involved was currently licensed (as 80% of all animals in Riverside County are not) which may be the reason animal control was not called beforehand and with a response time of 2+ hours for a routine animal control call to Lakeland Village I am surprised this does not happen more often. Riverside County has for a number of years turned animal control over to organizations that have an agenda to adopt out every animal taken in (as shown by the fact that a number of them enter contest for money every year for the most animals adopted out) while failing to pursue the proper licensing of dogs and the education of the public as to the benefits of spay/neutering of their pets.
anonymous November 04, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Before any more bullshit occurs. First off the owner of the pitbulls dog constantly stuck it head through the fence and the owner of the other dog kept fixing the fence everytime the pitbull broke it. The owner of the other dog also taught its dog to be afraid of water so when they sprayed the water at the dog it let go, also both dogs had a lock jaw on each other so how in the world could you stick the hose down the pits throat? really like wtf? no one is stupid enough to put a hose in pitbulls mouth that is in attack mode. There is also no proof that the pitbulls death was caused by drowning just got bitten in the wrong spot and died. Also if you are going to own a pitbull then fucking take responsibilty that the dog is vicious and can hurt other dogs and children! Theres always kids coming through the neighborhood what if the pitbull would have broken out and attaked a child? On top of all this the owner of the pitbull was saying im going to kill you and your dog to the other owner, death threats really? It was the pitbulls owners fault for not having an obedient trained dog also. This story that Toni wrote is completely bullshit and should have gotten his facts straight. Just another typical tabloid where none of the facts are true. SMH -_- -Neighbors from across the street.
True Authority November 04, 2012 at 06:55 AM
anonymous, apparently monster who shoved the hose down the dogs throat was stupid enough to stick a hose in pitbulls mouth. The way your post reads, it is obvious you are the sick piece of shit who tortured that dog to death. Wait until you get to experience what your new room mates will do to you once you are convicted.
True Authority November 04, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Ken, You need to do one of two things: 1. Run for office and change things, 2. Move Until then your incessant complaining is sort of annoying like a mosquito buzzing around ones ears, but truly just noise and accomplishes nothing. Justice will be served in the case of the dog torturer, but nothing will be done to address the drivel you constantly spew,.
censored messenger November 04, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Each Riverside County resident should know that they have the right to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened when confronted with an unleashed pitbull. Blaze away but keep one in the chamber for the sociopath criminal owner--he might be meaner than his beast
Reverend Smith November 04, 2012 at 11:19 PM
What bothers me most about this is that the Pit was pregnant. Pit lovers (I'm not one) have told me that the problem with Pits being so aggressive is 'bad breeding'. And I somehow doubt this Pit had been bred along AKC good breeding practices lines. People who have these dogs seem to take pride in the animal's aggressiveness and destructive potential and will often breed them with the neighborhood Pitbull hellhound so their pups will be even more aggressive and dangerous to humans (esp kids) and other animals. But if the guy drowned the pit, he was wrong. He could have probably documented the dog's behavior to animal control and had appropriate action taken. Now he's probably in for hell as he gets prosecuted and perhaps sued for taking matters into his own hands.
concerned citizen November 05, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I'm glad that dog was killed. Pitbulls are monsters and all should be destroyed. Painfully preferably.
concerned citizen November 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'm glad that dog was killed. Pitbulls are monsters and all should be destroyed. Painfully preferably!!.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
You clearly have an issue with pitbulls as you've singled them out as well as their owners. It's just too bad you're completely and totally ignorant to the subject. Hope you have a permit for that gun otherwise you're going to jail.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 05, 2012 at 04:17 PM
You're a very sick person. Just remember what goes around, comes around.
concerned citizen November 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
YOUR SICK BLUES. I hope your attacked by a Pit one day. And if you have children I will laugh if they get attacked to! Just keep those monsters away from me.
concerned citizen November 05, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Killing that dog was a public service.I hate Pits.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You have serious issues if you're an adult. I feel sorry for you and your family that you'd be that sick in the head to laugh at the demise of a child for the satiation of your own twisted views. Do the world a favor and shut up.
sickandtiredofdrunkdrivers November 06, 2012 at 02:04 AM
This is one of the sickest things I have ever heard and I hate pitts. How horrible! No animal deserves this abuse and those poor puppies.
JT November 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
If the Pitt Bull's owner would have repaired their side of the fence their dog would still be alive...and it's HEAD would not have been found sticking where it didn't belong...

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