Man arrested in California after 16 dogs, some dead, were found in his SUV
A man was arrested in Northern California after 16 dogs, some of them dead, were found inside his SUV, authorities said.
A report about a suspicious vehicle on Friday sent El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies to Bridal Veil Falls, a rural area northeast of Sacramento.
Deputies contacted the owner, checked the SUV and got a search warrant.
“During the vehicle search three dead dogs were recovered and 13 live dogs were placed in the care of Animal Services,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook posting.
The vehicle was also stuffed with backpacks and other bags and cartons, along with clothing and possible bedding, according to a photo.
The dogs ranged from a golden retriever to a husky to a Dalmatian and a Pomeranian.
There were an “excessive amount of flies in there, and waste, dogs tethered together,” Henry Brzezinski, manager of county Animal Services, told KOVR-TV.
The SUV’s owner, Zjar Uruluzu, 57, was arrested on suspicion of non-care and cruelty to animals. He remained jailed Monday on $50,000 bail, according to jail records.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
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