On April 26 at 12:50 a.m., a security guard at Valley River Center observed a man, later identified as Zachary Michael Ralston, age 24, in the parking lot outside his Mustang choking, throwing, kicking and punching a small dog. Officers arrived and conducted a traffic stop. They found the dog in the car unresponsive and beaten nearly to death. They also found Ralston in possession of Methamphetamine and Heroin.
The dog was rushed to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital where he remains in critical condition. When the dog, Earl, arrived he had an abnormally slow heart rate of 50 BPM, normal it is between 100 and 160. He has shown some improvement and will remain under 24 hours care at the Emergency Veterinary Hospital until he is stable.
Ralston was watching the dog for a friend. At this time, Animal Services and Eugene Police are attempting to locate the owner.
Ralston was arrested for Aggravated Animal Abuse, Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail.
Anyone interested in contributing towards Earl’s care can donate directly to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital at 541.746.0112 or in person at 103 W. Q Street in Springfield. They can accept up to a $100 non tax deductible donation over the phone.