Man Accused of Abandoning Dog at Cell Tower Arrested

Ceci Partridge

A Winchester man is behind bars Friday on suspicion of willfully abandoning his dog.

Robert Ruiz Jr., 30, of Winchester was caught throwing a dog over a 7-foot razor wire fence into a cell tower enclosure December 15, 2022, on video surveillance.

In the video, the 8-year-old mixed pit bull’s back paws clip the razor wire as he flips over the fence to the ground.

Maintenance workers called Riverside County Animal Services to retrieve the dog from the cell tower atop a hill near Flossie Way and Pourroy Road.

Ruiz Jr. was arrested at a home in the 33000 block of Leon Road in Winchester around 1 p.m. Thursday.

Robert Ruiz Jr arrestIn the home, Riverside County Animal Services officers seized a 1-year-old female pit bull mix and brought her to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.

The abandoned pit bill mix was renamed Ken by RivCo Animal Services employees and adopted Jan. 5, 2023.

Ruiz Jr. is facing several charges including a felony for animal cruelty and a misdemeanor for the suspected abandonment.

 

Authorities Seek Man Who Abandoned Dog at Winchester Cell Tower

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