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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SPCA Raising Money for Stolen Dog Found with Eye, Ear and Teeth Missing

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

click to enlarge This tragedy has the Wicked Witch of the West written all over it.
  • This tragedy has the Wicked Witch of the West written all over it.

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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