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The San Diego Humane Society law enforcement team is following up on a lead into the investigation of the animal cruelty case of a 4-year-old Spaniel found in Oceanside with chicken wire around its neck. Photo courtesy San Diego Humane Society
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Promising lead in animal cruelty investigation

OCEANSIDE — Thanks to a called in tip, San Diego Humane Society law enforcement is following up on a promising lead in their investigation of the animal cruelty case of a 4-year-old Spaniel found in critical condition on North River Road two weeks ago.

Steve MacKinnon, San Diego Humane Society chief of humane law, said information about the suspect or progress in the investigation cannot be shared at this time. He could not confirm if the owner has been located, but said resolution is expected by the end of week.

The crime may bring felony charges.

The Spaniel, named “Melody” by humane society staff, was found on Dec. 22 with chicken wire tightly bound around her neck. The wire had been in place for a long period of time, and had caused severe lacerations.

MacKinnon said the animal cruelty act raises many concerns.

“The key thing to be aware of is the action took a long time,” MacKinnon said. “It was serious and graphic. A major concern is people who do this, do it continuously to other animals and people.”
News of the crime shook the community. Crime Stoppers put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. An anonymous donor added $5,000 to the reward amount.

Melody has undergone reconstructive surgery and is doing well. MacKinnon said surprisingly the dog was found with a fairly clean coat and at the appropriate weight.

Stacy Archambault, San Diego Humane Society marketing and communications specialist, added Melody is back to herself, and is playful and social.

“She is doing great now, and healing beautifully,” Archambault said.

Melody is available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society site at 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside.