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Animal Control Takes Custody of Abused Chihuahua Originally Thought Dead

Cruelty Charges Leveled Against Owner Who Tried to Strangle Dog and Throw it in a Lake


Last updated 6/10/2020 at 2:35pm

Lake Wales Police

Abused chihuahua is at Animal Control waiting to find a better home.

They say cats have nine lives, but a Lake Wales chihuahua appears to have at least two.

Lake Wales police reported a happy ending to the story about 6-year-old Canelo, a dog they thought had been killed and thrown into a small lake a little before 10 p.m. June 7.

Lake Wales police investigated a complaint by a witness who said he saw a man, who later was identified as Cesar Cruz Sanchez, dragging a small dog by a leash, wrapping a leash around its neck and lifting it in the air multiple times, and then throwing the dog into bushes near a pond. The witness provided video surveillance that b...

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