Dog hit with club, sprayed with bleach; arrest made

Dog hit with club, sprayed with bleach; arrest made
A 6½-pound dog named Lacey is seen after she was allegedly struck in the mouth with a golf club and had her eyes sprayed with bleach. (photo from Kern County Animal Control)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Kern County Animal Control announced an arrest Friday in a gruesome case of animal cruelty.

A 6½-pound dog was found last weekend by city animal control officers responding to a community report. The dog was tethered on a short leash to a tree. She had reportedly been struck in the mouth with a golf club, had her eyes sprayed with bleach and was left untreated for days.

Bakersfield police were called to investigate and they arrested the dog's owner, 43-year-old Robert Gonzales,  on suspicion of animal cruelty, as well as possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and a dangerous weapon, according to Lt. Jay Borton.

The dog, Lacey, was stabilized Monday and then transported to Coffee Road Veterinary Hospital, where she has undergone surgery and treatment to save her eyesight. County animal control officials have also found Lacey a new home for her rehabilitation.

Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation has stepped in to except donations for Lacey's recovery. Donations can be made on the foundation's website or by sending a check to the foundation at P.O. Box 11494, Bakersfield, CA, 93389.

The foundation requests donors make note if the money is intended for help Lacey.