SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (KCBS)– Last month people were shocked at the story of Beverly, a Miniature Pinscher-Chihuahua mix and her puppy, when they were thrown from a moving car in Watsonville. The mother stood by her dead puppy’s side until Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter officers responded. Now, Beverly has found her new adoptive family.

“Because of the compassionate staff from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE), a story that began with a shocking act of cruelty now has a happy beginning for little Beverly,” said JP Novic, executive director at CAPE.

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On Sunday, March 15, Beverly met her new family, which includes another dog named Dobby.Her new guardian says, “If I send you too many pictures, just tell me, ‘enough.’ I feel like a first time father that thinks they have the first cute baby.”

Beverly’s story and adoption:

According to the animal shelter, a $25,000 reward raised by Pet Food Express along with donors, is being offered for any tip leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the animal cruelty.

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The district attorney’s office is assisting in the investigation.

Animal Control officers responded to a report of an abandoned dog and puppy on Minto Road in Watsonville on February 20th. Beverly, a sable, tan and white mixed breed, is approximately 6 years old. Her puppy who died from head trauma was 4-6 weeks old.

The animals were sealed in sandbags and thrown from a vehicle near the dump in Watsonville.

Information on this case can be reported to 831-454-7303 Ext. 1.

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The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter wants to remind the public that it is an open door admission shelter which accepts all domestic animals 365 days a year and will waive fees when necessary. They have two locations, 2200 7th Avenue in Santa Cruz and 580 Airport Boulevard in Watsonville. The phone number is 831-454-7303 and website is