The Monterey County SPCA is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Damian Maldonado, a Hispanic adult male who is believed to be mutilating dogs while masquerading as a licensed veterinarian. Maldonado is approximately 32 years old, weighing 200-210 lbs, and 5’8” to 5’10” in height. He has operated on at least four dogs (three pit bulls and one Doberman Pinscher) who are being treated for pain and infection. The dogs ears and tails were cropped using scissors in back yards and home environments.
Maldonado's business card states that he operates “El Cartel Bully Kennels” with a 209 area code phone number. The card says that he offers general consultations, vaccinations, deworming, general surgeries, supplements, accessories, vitamins, artificial insemination, stud services, and puppy sales.
It appears that Maldonado is targeting Spanish speaking people in the Salinas area and throughout the Central Coast including Monterey county. On Thursday, local authorities served a search warrant at a north Salinas home where they believe Maldonado lives.
If caught, the SPCA believes Maldonado may face violations of Drug Enforcement Administration regulations, illegally practicing veterinary medicine and a number of criminal charges related to animal cruelty. The group is also looking for information about a possible fifth puppy similarly maimed, found a month ago.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Maldonado, please call 911 or 831-373-2631 or 422-4721 x213. You can also fill out an online form at: http://www.spcamc.org/report-cruelty.htm
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