Los Angeles County District Attorney Seal. Courtesy Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Seal. Courtesy Los Angeles County District Attorney.

An assistant superintendent with the Palmdale School District pleaded not guilty Tuesday to dog fighting, animal cruelty and child abuse charges.

Pauline Ruth Winbush, 52, and her boyfriend, Kevin Ray Williams, 50, are each charged with four felony counts of dog fighting, 17 felony counts of cruelty to an animal and one felony count of child abuse, according to Deputy District Attorney Lyle Riggs.

The two additionally face seven Los Angeles County code violations, including unsanitary conditions and failing to license and vaccinate the dogs.

Animal control officers discovered a horse belonging to the two roaming the streets on Oct. 29, according to Riggs. Numerous other animals were subsequently discovered at the couple’s Antelope Acres home, with dogs allegedly kept inside crates filled with feces and urine inside the house where the two lived with a minor, according to the prosecutor.

Nineteen pit bulls that were seized from the home had to be euthanized, and some of the dogs showed signs of being used for dog fighting, according to Riggs.

“We are deeply troubled by the November 26, 2014, raid on Ms. Winbush’s home by local law enforcement officials, and her subsequent arrest and arraignment,” according to a statement released on behalf of the school district. “The district placed Ms. Winbush on paid administrative leave on December 1, 2014, the first business day after November 26, and commenced its own investigation of her conduct and the circumstances giving rise to the actions of local law enforcement officials. That investigation is ongoing.”

Winbush and Williams were arrested Monday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Winbush — whose bail was set at $250,000 — is due back in a Lancaster courtroom Jan. 12, while Williams is set to be arraigned Wednesday.

The two could face up to 13 years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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