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February 15, 2020

Stolen dog found severely burned near Soledad

SOLEDAD — A stolen dog was found severely burned Tuesday morning near Soledad, and now a reward is being offered to locate the person responsible.

According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County, a Soledad police officer found the injured black-and-white American pit bull on Metz Road, just outside Soledad’s city limits, on March 27 at 9:30 a.m. The dog was taken to a nearby veterinarian hospital but had to be euthanized for “humane reasons,” SPCA officials said.

It was later learned that the dog had been stolen from a residence in Soledad.

The investigation has been turned over to SPCA’s Humane Investigation Unit, which is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. The suspect could be facing felony charges for animal cruelty.

Anyone with information about this case should contact local law enforcement or the SPCA for Monterey County at 831-373-2631 or online at All reports are confidential.