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2 emaciated dogs found in Buena Vista Lagoon die; Humane Society says the dog

Authorities on Tuesday offered a $1,000 reward for information about two emaciated dogs who died after being found at Buena Vista Lagoon in Oceanside last week.

The San Diego Humane Society law enforcement team believes the dogs – a male and female sheepdog mix, both about a year old – were abandoned, officials said.

Two emaciated dogs died after being found at Buena Vista Lagoon in Oceanside on October 18. On Tuesday, authorities asked the public for information about the case.

(San Diego Humane Society)

A city public works employee found the two dogs near Jefferson Street and Lagoon View Drive at the northeast end of the lagoon on October 18. The dogs were huddled under shrubbery near a “soft” 4ft by 4ft shipping container, officials said. . The container looks like a box made of some sort of mesh-like material, with multiple handles, according to photos released by the Humane Society.

Humane Society agents rushed the animals to the agency’s Oceanside campus, where the dog died as an officer carried her inside. The other dog “was in such pain that the medical team had no choice but to immediately perform humane euthanasia,” the Humane Society said in a statement.

“These dogs were deprived of adequate food for a very long time to reach such an emaciated state,” Bill Ganley, humane law enforcement team leader for the San Diego Humane Society, said in a statement.

Officials said officers found feces inside the shipping container, leading them to believe the dogs were abandoned inside.

Crime Stoppers offers a reward for any information leading to an arrest. Tipsters were asked to call (888) 580-8477 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at

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