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Essay contest held to find new owner for dog dragged behind truck

Riverside authorities are searching for a man who tied a dog to a rope, then dragged her behind a pickup truck.

November 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A dog that was dragged behind a pickup truck in Riverside is looking for a new home.

The 10-month-old German Shepherd's condition has improved enough so that she can be adopted.

The dog suffered injuries to her four paws after being dragged behind a truck in the La Sierra area near the intersection of Claycroft and Peacock lanes. She is expected to recover fully with continued treatment.

Animal control officials are holding an essay contest to determine who will be her new owner. The essay should describe the reasons for wanting to adopt the dog and what kind of home it will be offered.

Essays should be emailed to shelterinfo@rivcocha.org or faxed to (951) 358-7300 by 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. The Department of Animal Services staff will review the essays and decide who will adopt the dog on Thursday.

Meantime, officials are still searching for the driver of the truck. Anyone with information was asked to call (951) 358-7356.