As if we needed any more reason to doubt the future of humanity, here's yet another horrifying tale. Yvette Acevedo's 12-year-old Yorkie, Toto, was stolen out of her backyard in Hayward early last year. After canvassing the neighborhood, posting "missing" signs, and reporting Toto's disappearance to multiple area dog shelters, Acevedo assumed her dear Toto was a goner.
Well, she was only half right. On November 28, a crate appeared on her front step. Inside was a miserable little creature with missing teeth, a missing ear, one eye missing, and the other eye protruding. Acevedo opened the crate and the poor animal slumped onto the ground, covered in puss and smelling of sewer.
It was Toto - almost dead.
Acevedo went to the Alameda County's Sheriff's Department, but claims
she was given a icy reception. The officers wouldn't take
fingerprints off the crate or even write an incident report. She says
the officer told her since she didn't have an leads, and had originally
reported the dog to shelters as "missing" and not "stolen," that there
was nothing they could do. (Since this story first hit the news around
Christmas, the sheriff's department has communicated to Acevedo that she
could come back after getting documentation from the vet documenting Toto's injuries. But Acevedo hasn't returned, according to department
spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson.)
"I realize this dog isn't their first priority, but that's what they're there for: to protect animals and humans," Acevedo tells SF Weekly. "If it was a stolen car, they would still take a report." She adds that a neighbor saw the person who placed the crate on the step, and described her as a white woman with gray hair and a white hoodie.
Acevedo took a sickly Toto to the vet to start costly surgeries. Now the the
San Francisco SPCA is finishing the remaining medical procedures. The vets at
the SPCA have removed Toto's remaining teeth and what was left of his left eye, neutered him, and treated him with antibiotics for various
The SPCA is performing the surgeries regardless, but would like to raise
money to offset the $5,000 bill. You can donate to Toto's cause at the SPCA's website.
Acevedo says Toto is finally returning to his old care-free self, and even remembers their home. "Once we got home from the vet for the first night, he went back to where his bed used to be and would come around and snuggle with me. He definitely still has his spirit, but you can tell the last couple of weeks have taken a toll on him. "
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