KING CITY (BCN) — The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a reward for information leading to a man suspected of abandoning a dog Monday, near a fast food restaurant in King City.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., a woman witnessed a man toss a six to seven-year-old Rat Terrier mix into a dumpster at a McDonald’s restaurant at 1350 Broadway Circle.

When the woman approached the suspect, the SPCA said that the man insisted that the dog was not his.

After the man continually denied ownership of the dog, the woman asked for custody of the animal. The suspect then recovered the dog from the dumpster, handed it to the woman and, according to the SPCA, drove away.

SPCA officials described the man as a Hispanic adult between 30 and 40-years-old and just under 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has dark brown or black hair and was clean-shaven at the time of the suspected abandonment.

His vehicle is described as a large, white, American-made pickup truck with untinted windows, the SPCA said. The woman said that he had another small, brown wirehaired terrier riding in the cab of the truck.

The rescued dog, the SPCA said, has an old injury to her left hind leg, is missing a large portion of her top teeth and is noticeably thin. She is recovering at the SPCA facility, located of off the Monterey-Salinas Highway.

If caught, the SPCA said the man may be charged with abandonment and other offenses.

SPCA officials are offering a $500 reward to anyone with information about the case.

Those with further information are asked to anonymously contact the SPCA at (831) 373-2631 or (831) 422-4721 ext.213.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)

Comments (4)
  1. e mercurio says:

    I hate people like this!

  2. alex says:

    Man, so many sick pukes out there. If you absolutely cannot or afford to care for the poor animal there are animal rescue services that will assist. Now I hope this person is caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And I hope this poor little dog goes to a wonderful caring home!

  3. mike says:

    I wanna say THANK YOU, to the woman who had the balls to confront him! and had the sense to ask for the dog and take her to the humane society. thank you… for your courage, and your sense. for your caring and sompassion. for saving one dog.

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