Public asked to help ID suspect in death of rescue dog

A Camarillo dog rescue shelter is offering a $17,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a person in the death of one of its canines. Security footage shows an individual in a hoodie break into the Paw Works’ Camarillo facility about 2:40 a.m. Thursday despite the facility’s elaborate security system, Brittany […]

A Camarillo dog rescue shelter is offering a $17,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest of a person in the death of one of its canines.

Security footage shows an individual in a hoodie break into the Paw Works’ Camarillo facility about 2:40 a.m. Thursday despite the facility’s elaborate security system, Brittany Vizcarra, the shelter’s director of operations, said Monday.

As the dogs in their crates start barking loudly at the intruder, the person first tries to take one of them out of its cage but gives up after the dog tries to bite him, the footage shows. The person then takes a second dog, Pretty Girl, from its crate and exits the Pleasant Valley Road facility with the canine about 2:45 a.m., the footage shows.

Pretty Girl, about 3 years old, was spotted alongside Highway 101 in the Newbury Park area several hours later with severe injuries. She had apparently been hit by a car, Vizcarra said.

A passerby rushed her to the Paw Works Veterinary Hospital in Thousand Oaks at about 9 a.m. Pretty Girl died at the hospital.

“This is just gut-wrenching,” Vizcarra said. “I can’t even begin to put into words how that felt, that it actually happened.”

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