SAN PABLO, Calif. (KRON) — An animal abuse investigation in San Pablo turned into a massive drug and gun bust, according to a Facebook post from the San Pablo Police Department.
On Wednesday, SPPD officers worked with Contra Costa Animal Services to investigate a report of a dog owner hitting his dog with a piece of metal. Animal services said they were alerted to a video taken in a hallway of the Montoya Garden Apartments, 5005 Montoya Avenue, that showed a man forcefully beating a dog with a stick or crowbar, leaving blood all over the stairs.
Police served a search warrant on the home and found the dog pinned in a small crate without access to food or water. They also found drugs, guns and a large amount of cash. An image from San Pablo police (above) shows five guns, ammunition and accessories, several stacks of cash, and many bags of what appears to be marijuana.
Animal control officers rescued the dog from the suspect, and the suspect was arrested. The dog, a 1-year-old pit bull mix named Turbo, is now doing much better, animal services said.
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“Animal Control and San Pablo Officers saved a dog… but it turns out the dog saved our community from potential violence,” SPPD wrote.