Rex, an 18-month-old puppy, and his guardian Deb Ferrara used to keep each other company every day in their home in Vacaville, California. Unfortunately, this changed one day when the little dog suddenly went missing. After looking for Rex for hours, Ferrara finally received a call about the puppy. Tragically, the news was far from what she was waiting for…
Ferrera was contacted by a woman who found Rex while driving by the Davis Street exit off eastbound Interstate 80, KTLA 5 reports. Sadly, she witnessed the puppy being thrown out of a blue Prius and the dog’s two back legs were tied with plastic. The kind woman got out of her car to save him, but another car hit Rex before she got to him.
The news about what had happened to Rex was shocking and impossible for Ferrara to handle. “He was the sweetest little dog,” she said. “He was my 24/7 companion. I’d had him since he was just a pup.”
It is heartbreaking to think about the beloved dog falling victim to the most senseless and unimaginable act of cruelty. The person responsible for this abhorrent abuse has not yet been identified. As a petition launched in the case emphasizes, there is a clear link between animal abuse and violent behavior towards other human beings. A 2001-2004 study by the Chicago Police Department shows that 65 percent of those arrested for animal abuse had also been arrested for battery against another human. Knowing this, as long as Rex’s abuser is free, there is a chance that others will get hurt too.
Click here to sign a petition for the Vacaville Police Department to find the abuser. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Vacaville Police Department at 707-449-5200.
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