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Animal Control has never seen a case quite like it.

“It was a hot September afternoon,” recalls Shelter Manager Gina Knepp. “The dog was not able to breathe, so it essentially died of asphyxiation as it ran aimlessly and blinded down the streets of North Sacramento.”

Animal Control received several calls about Ranger, an older Queensland Healer that day, but it didn’t take long before Ranger died of pure exhaustion.

“I felt so bad we didn’t get there fast enough to save this dog and that anybody could do this to an animal,” exclaimed Knepp.

The DA’s office has issued a $20,000 arrest warrants for 35-year-old Ernesto Ramirez-Lopez. They say Ramirez-Lopez used duct tape to cover Rangers mouth, nose, and eyes.

Sacramento is one of the toughest in the country when it comes to animal torture and abuse cases. It’s still unclear though if the domestic relationship Ramirez-Lopez had with the dog’s owner will eventually supply the motive for Rangers death.

“The bottom line,” said Knepp. “Is a human being, who is walking the streets among us, did this to an animal and that’s not OK.”

Authorities believe Ramirez-Lopez is still in the North Sacramento area. Anyone with information can call the Crime Alert hotline at 916-433-HELP.

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