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Missing Dog from “Thin” Cruelty Case Found

A "thin" pit bull who went missing during an ongoing animal cruelty investigation in Riverside County has been found, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.

The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and examined, a statement from the agency said.

It was found in the San Bernardino County’s Morongo Valley area, spokesman John Welsh said. He said the person who had the dog is not believed to be the person who stole the dog.

The dog is in good health and she has gained about 10 pounds since she was found, Welsh said.

Animal services believes the dog had been neglected and investigators will continue the animal cruelty probe into its original owner, Welsh said. The dog will remain in the custody of the department.

The investigation began after the owner’s neighbor posted photos of the dog on Facebook saying the dog looked underweight.

Animal service gave the owner 48 hours to take the dog to get a vet examination. However, when they returned after the 48 hours, the owner said the dog had been stolen.

They've been in communication with the owner of the dog, Welsh said.

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