Dog hogger ‘kept 16 pooches in SUV including some that were dead’

ZJar Uruluzu
ZJar Uruluzu, left, allegedly had 16 dogs – three dead – in the back of his truck, right (Picture: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

A man has been arrested after 16 dogs, including three that were dead, were found covered in flies, surrounded by feces and crammed into the back of an SUV.

ZJar Uruluzu, 57, was allegedly caught with the 13 live dogs and three corpses by the El Dorado County sheriff’s office in a rural area northeast of Sacramento, California, according to authorities.

His arrest came following a report of a suspicious vehicle on Friday last week. Deputies conducted a search of his SUV and found the dogs stuffed in the back.

The dogs ranged in breeds and included a golden retriever, a husky, a Dalmatian and a Pomeranian, reports KTLA.
ZJar Uruluzu
ZJar Uruluzu, 57, was arrested by police on Friday (Picture: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)
‘During the vehicle search three dead dogs were recovered and 13 live dogs were placed in the care of Animal Services’, the Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

The vehicle, a sport utility SUV, was also stuffed with backpacks and other bags and, along with clothing and other materials.

Henry Brzezinski, manager of county Animal Services, told KOVR-TV that there were an ‘excessive amount of flies in there, and waste, dogs tethered together’. Uruluzu was arrested on suspicion of non-care and cruelty to animals. He remains in jail on $50,000 bail, according to detention center records.

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