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Disturbing Animal Cruelty Case In Ventura County

A horrific animal abuse case out of Ventura County has prompted The Humane Society of the United States to offer a $5,000 reward for anyone who has information about the starving deaths of two dogs.

Ventura County Animal Services discovered the dogs on Jan. 5after an anonymous caller reported finding the dead animals in a dog igloo on the side of South Mountain Road, in an unincorporated area of Santa Paula.

“Both dogs were severely underweight. One weighing 24 pounds, the other weighing just under 24 pounds, neither animal had any muscle or fat on their body. These animals were starved to death. They were intentionally starved to death and left to die on their own,” said Ventura County Animal Services Director Tara Diller.

Ventura County Animal Services is now asking the public to help them find who is responsible for this case of animal abuse.

“This is unacceptable. This is unacceptable in our county, what we say here is not in our county, not on our watch,” said Diller “Think about your neighbors who had two dogs at one point and left them in an igloo in their backyard and please call us.”

A $5,000 reward will be given to anyone who can help investigators arrest and convict whoever is responsible.

All calls should be made to the Ventura County Animal Services Animal Control Officer, Bryan Bray at (805)383-4717. Bray can also be emailed at

For information on how you can donate to Ventura County Animal Services click here.If you are unable to properly care for your animal VCAS is happy to help you out with food, or finding your animal a new home.

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