Police are investigating a case of animal cruelty after reports surfaced of an unconscious pit bull being dragged down a busy Sunnyvale thoroughfare.
Manuel Holguin, 34, was walking down Lawrence expressway, hauling the pit bull along the sidewalk by its leash, police said. The 1-year-old dog was rushed to a vet in critical condition on Friday after someone called 911.
Dr. Ken Sawyer, the first vet to treat the pit bull, said he didn’t know her name, but confirmed that she was barely alive. Sawyer was able to stabilize the dog before transferring her to another facility for further treatment.
Holguin now faces felony animal cruelty charges, according to authorities.
The pit bull was released from hospital and, as of Tuesday, was being kept in protective custody by the city, authorities said.