Police Rescue Injured Chihuahua with Cord Around Neck and Wires on Legs

Max the once-missing Chihuahua. (All photos courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department)

A 28-year-old transient is suspected of animal cruelty after Santa Ana Police Department officers allegedly found him standing over a Chihuahua with multiple visual injuries, electrical wire around its legs and a bungee cord around its throat and chest.

Max did not belong to suspect Jose Manuel Pantoja, and the 13-year-old dog was being reunited with his family today, according to police.

Jose Manuel Pantoja

The family had searched overnight for Max, who escaped from their yard after someone left a gate open, officers add.

Max had been with the family since he was a small puppy.

Around 10:20 p.m. Sunday, police dispatch received a call from a woman reporting that a small brown dog was being abused by a man behind a business at 431 E. First St., Santa Ana.

Here is the call, which is in Spanish:

The caller reported the dog had wires tied around his legs and was being kicked repeatedly by the man, according to police.

Arriving officers took Pantoja into custody without incident, and he was booked into the Santa Ana city jail on suspected cruelty to animals.

Max was taken to Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic for treatment.

Max is treated at Orange Coast Emergency Pet Clinic.

Police say Pantoja, who was on probation at the time of his arrest, confirmed the dog did not belong to him, adding he did not know who owned Max and that the dog had just started following him.

Fortunately, Sgt. Mike McCarthy, who works with a Santa Ana Police canine, made it his mission to find Max’s owners, who were located on Monday and picked up their pooch at the pet clinic.

Santa Ana Police Sgt. Mike McCarthy (right) holds Max as an animal control Officer Miller looks on.

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