An Orange County Fire Authority employee who was charged with shooting his 4-year-old pit bull and dumping the canine’s carcass in a trash bin at his workplace in Irvine accepted a plea Wednesday that ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service.
Ryan John Monteleone of Menifee, 45, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of putting a carcass of dead animal on the road. As part of the plea deal, a felony count of cruelty to animals was dismissed.
Monteleone worked as a heavy fire equipment operator for the fire authority for four years and was not a firefighter, Colleen Windsor, a spokeswoman for the OCFA, said when he was charged in November 2019.
Monteleone remained on duty at that time, but it was not clear if he is still on the job.
He was arrested by Irvine police on Oct. 17, 2019, according to Kimberly Edds of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
A Waste Management trash truck driver found the dog’s body inside the trash bin at a fire station on Fossil Road in Irvine on Aug. 9, 2019, Edds said. The dog had been shot in the head, she said.
Monteleone could have faced up to 3 1/2 years in custody if convicted at trial.