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LAPD arrests man for throwing a caged puppy into Tujunga wash

Police arrest 25-year-old for tossing puppy in Tujunga wash
Police arrest 25-year-old for tossing puppy in Tujunga wash 01:31

A 25-year-old man has been charged with throwing a caged puppy over a fence and into the Tujunga wash.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, detectives began to investigate on March 27, 2023, after seeing footage of the suspect throwing a caged puppy over the fence near Renaissance Drive and Cardamine Court. Officers arrived at the area and met a resident who decided to rescue the puppy after seeing a video of the man throwing the dog.

Initially, the neighbor only found an empty crate but later found the injured puppy along the Tujunga wash. The L.A. County Animal Services eventually took the puppy into their care. They believe she was about 2 months old. 

The pooch sustained several injuries most likely from the fall. Animal Services turned the puppy over to a no-kill shelter for care. The Lange Foundation said the puppy needed extensive medical care and suffered two bones from the fall. 

Residents helped police identify the suspect as 25-year-old Daniel Arias. Officers arrested him on Tuesday. He was charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and is being held on $20,000 bail. 

Authorities named the rescue Raisin. She is recovering well and is available for adoption later, said LAPD.

The nonprofit shelter covered all of Raisin's medical costs. The Lange Foundation started in 1993 in West L.A. and cares for abandoned and stray animals before their adoptions. 

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