Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 22-year-old Palmdale man was arrested for allegedly beating and kicking four dogs that belonged to his family, the sheriff’s department said Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a family disturbance at a home in the 5800 block of Saint Laurent Drive about 12:50 a.m. Monday, according to the department.

Deputies arrested Andres Garcia after finding four small dogs in the home’s backyard that appeared to be traumatized, according to authorities. One dog appeared to have both of its back legs broken and several lacerations.

Another dog was bleeding from the mouth and had an injury to its neck. The condition of the other two dogs was unknown, according to the department.

Family members told deputies they awoke to a “loud commotion” coming from the first floor of the home. Garcia’s relatives told deputies they saw the 22-year-old kicking and chasing the dogs.

Family members said they tried to stop Garcia from hurting the animals but were unsuccessful. That’s when they called the sheriff’s Palmdale Station. It’s unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in this incident.

Animal Control was notified and will be conducting an investigation into this incident of alleged animal cruelty.

Garcia was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals and was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records.

Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the Antelope Valley courthouse.

—City News Service

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