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Update: DA to consider criminal charges in case of dog’s mouth taped shut 

Update posted Feb. 24:

–San Luis Obispo County Animal Services referred an investigation to the office of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Friday. The case is now under review for a filing decision, according to District Attorney Dan Dow.

The DA says his office will make a decision whether to press criminal charges against the owner this week. The owner of the dog has not been identified.

Original story posted Feb. 20:

slo sheriff newsDog found with mouth reportedly taped shut in Paso Robles

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff‘s Deputies responded Monday night at 9 p.m. to Loma Lane in rural Paso Robles for a report of a black Labrador Retriever with its mouth taped shut.

The dog had reportedly wandered into a nearby yard. By the time deputies arrived the resident had removed most of the tape. The dog was turned over to County Animal Services.

Initial reports said its eyes were taped shut as well, but that was found not to be the case, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Public Informations Officer Tony Cipolla.

No further information is available at this time.

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