Man accused of hurling his dog over fence in Winchester is arrested

A 30-year-old man suspected of hurling his dog over a razor-wire security fence at a cellphone tower in Winchester and abandoning him inside the enclosure has been arrested.

The Winchester resident was arrested and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on Thursday, Jan. 12, on suspicion of felony animal cruelty and willful abandonment. He was being held on $15,000 bail.

The man is accused of throwing his eight-year-old dog inside the hilltop mobile-phone security perimeter near Flossie Way and Pourroy Road on Dec. 15, leaving the canine trapped inside without food, water or shelter.

“We were all extremely disturbed to see such a careless act committed against an innocent animal,” said Erin Gettis, the director of the county Department of Animal Services. “This incident was very shocking.”

John Welsh, a spokesman for the Department of Animal Services, said that a one-year-old female pit bull mix was found at the suspect’s residence and seized.

The abandoned dog, found by tower maintenance workers, was adopted out.

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