An abandoned dog was rescued Tuesday night after being found with a rope tightly wrapped around its muzzle, Riverside County Animal Services officials said.
The Springer Spaniel mix, which appeared to be about 2 years old, was found by a woman about 7 p.m. along Granite Hill Drive near Pedley Road in Jurupa Valley, animal services officials said.
A responding sheriff's deputy cut the rope and comforted the dog until animal control officer Tiffany Fuller arrived.
"The sheriff's deputy told Officer Fuller that there was very little space for him to get his knife between the dog's muzzle and the rope to cut it -- that's how tight it was around him," animal services officials said in a news release.
The dog did not have a microchip or identification tags. Fuller said it was in "decent shape" with a sweet disposition.
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The dog was taken to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.