lucySan Diego County Animal Services are investigating whether a man committed a crime when he used a hammer or hammer-type object and bludgeoned a dog that had been hit by cars.  When police arrived at the scene, the dog was still alive but hurt so badly they had to shoot her to put her out of her misery.

On March 8, Lisa Francis’ 2-year-old Weimaraner, Lucy, escaped from her Valley Center home and was hit by three cars on Valley Center Road.  Anna Herrera and Mike Gross, had both stopped to help the Lucy, who they said was injured but alert.  They were working out a plan to transport her to a vet when a man showed up and forced them to moved away.

“I feared (for) my safety and feared he was not rational,” Herrera said. “We knew exactly what he was going to do, and we couldn’t stop him.”

They both say the man appeared to be large and angry, armed with a hammer, and they felt threatened by his actions and attitude.

“He started beating the animal, bludgeoning her,” said Goss, 50, of Valley Center. “She was screaming and bouncing around, and he was beating, beating, beating on her.”

lucy-died-here“I had to literally cover my ears and scream to block out the sound,” witness Anna Herrera said. “To know what he was doing and have to hear it. I heard the dog screaming loudly.”

After beating Lucy, the man fled the scene but not before the witnesses took down his tag number. When police tracked then unnamed man down he told then that he was trying to help, to put the dog out of its misery.

Lucy’s owner, Lisa Francis wants to see the man prosecuted. “To have her gone is a loss, a huge void,” Francis said. “She was my best friend, and this man needs to be held accountable.

“I would have wanted to try to save her, done anything, paid any amount of money to help her.”

The bottom line whether the man will be charged or not depends on intent. Under the law, it has to be determined whether the man acted “maliciously and intentionally” when he beat Lucy. The investigator’s finds have been turned over to the county prosecutors.

A necropsy determined that broken ribs had punctured Lucy’s abdominal wall, most likely when she was hit by a car but there was no determination of whether she could have survived her injuries.

This is a weird one. If one of my babies had been fatally injured in an accident I would have wanted someone to put them out of their misery if they could not have been saved but there is no way I would have wanted someone beating the hell out of them with a hammer. That’s just cruel to me. Witnesses also say that Lucy was alert even though she was injured and were trying to get help for her. I cannot understand how someone can take it upon themself to do what this man did. There is no way to know what was in his mind but this whole thing is just weird. I definitely think there needs to be some serious investigation here. You wouldn’t imagine confronted by the police he would say anything other than what he did, that he was trying to help but why did he flee the scene.

I just don’t know…. what do you think?

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