San Diego Humane Society investigators Thursday were searching for three people who left a Chihuahua puppy in grave condition outside a San Marcos convenience store over the weekend.
A Humane Society officer responded to Circle Mart, 202 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, around 10:45 a.m. Sunday after a customer alerted the store’s cashier to an abandoned puppy in a photo memorabilia box near a trash container just outside the entrance, according to the Humane Society.
The fawn-colored, 6- to 7-week-old female puppy was “extremely lethargic, malnourished and in need of emergency medical attention.”
The store’s cashier told the Humane Society officer the puppy was also very cold and wet. The puppy was rushed to the Humane Society’s Escondido Campus for medical treatment, but was given a grave prognosis and euthanized.
Video surveillance outside the liquor store showed a dark blue or black two-door sedan — with at least three people inside — pull up and park in front of a Metro by T-Mobile store next door.
The video showed a man exiting the back seat of the car and going into the liquor store, then returning to the sedan as the car’s female driver went into the liquor store.
While the woman was inside, the man took an uncovered box out of the car, placed it next to the trash container near the front entrance of the liquor store and came back to the car.
A customer then came out, saw the puppy in the box and immediately alerted the cashier in the store.
A short time later, the female driver returned to the sedan carrying a bag of ice and drove away.
The male suspect was described as a heavy set, roughly 5-foot-11 Hispanic man in his 20s. He had black neck-length hair, a short beard and was wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and white tennis shoes.
The female driver was described as a heavy set, 5-foot-4 Hispanic woman in her 20s. She had black hair pulled back in a ponytail and was wearing a black T-shirt, olive green pants and gray tennis shoes with white stripes on the side.
A second woman in the car was described as a roughly 5-foot-3 Latina in her 20s. She had black hair up in a bun and was wearing a gray T-shirt, dark pants and black slip-on shoes.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Humane Society at 619-299-7012 (then press 1) or Crime Stoppers at 888-540-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
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