A Palmdale man who kicked two of his family’s dogs, one of which had to be euthanized as a result of its injuries, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days of community labor, 48 animal cruelty counseling sessions and five years of felony probation.
The defendant, who has already spent almost one and a half years behind bars, swung one of the dogs at a deputy when law enforcement officers were called to the scene, according to a prosecutor.
Andres Garcia — who received credit for the 489 days he has been incarcerated after the ordeal — was also barred from owning any animal for 10 years.
Garcia — who pleaded no contest to a felony count of animal cruelty — kicked and chased the family’s Chihuahuas in his back yard on Aug. 31, 2015, causing serious injuries to both pets, according to Deputy District Attorney Amarilla Blondia.
One of the dogs, Guero, had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, the prosecutor said.
Garcia’s family called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after they were unable to stop the attack, and Garcia swung one of the dogs at a responding deputy, according to Blondia.
— City News Service
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