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Police Find, Arrest Man Accused of Dumping Injured Dog in Valley Alley

Witnesses identified Carlos Duarte as the man suspected of abandoning the dog now known as "Indy."

Indy, the dog injured by fireworks and dumped in a Van Nuys alley. Photo credit: KTLA.
Indy, the dog injured by fireworks and dumped in a Van Nuys alley. Photo credit: KTLA.

A 41-year-old man suspected of dumping a severely injured dog in an alley last year was facing a felony animal cruelty charge today.

Carlos Duarte was arrested on Thursday following an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's Animal Cruelty Task Force that led the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to file the animal cruelty charge against him, police said.

A witness saw Duarte allegedly pull the dog out of the bed of a pickup truck and dump him in a Van Nuys alley around 6:45 p.m. on July 4, according to Los Angeles police.

A good Samaritan saw the dog and took him to an animal shelter, where an examination determined the canine was dehydrated and had suffered abrasions and burns on both sides of his chest, rear legs and all four paws, police said.

The dog spent four days at the shelter and was then turned over to the New Hope Rescue Team, which named the pooch “Indy,” police said.

Indy was later taken to the Westlake Village Animal Hospital, where he received seven months of treatment and rehabilitation, according to police.

The dog has since been adopted and is being trained to be a therapy dog, police said.

After obtaining video of the pickup truck, police investigators issued a news release seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect.

“The truck was eventually located and held as evidence,” according to a police statement.

Witnesses later identified Duarte as the man suspected of abandoning the dog, police said.

--City News Service

Marianne Dickey Kermavner February 08, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Couldn't make me happier to see that justice is going to be served for Indy. <3
Diana February 08, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Me too. Hope he doesn't just get a slap on the wrist and get released.
Geraldo Cruz February 08, 2014 at 08:26 PM
I hope it's treated as the felony it is. Piece of ****.
Autumn February 10, 2014 at 02:56 PM
AN EYE FOR AN EYE...... Should be the punishment for such crimes. Guarantee the loser who did this would have thought twice.

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