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Los Angeles Man Convicted in Puppy Dragging Case

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LOS ANGELES — Eljin Jermaul Holt, who abused his 3-month-old puppy in 2016 has been prohibited by a judge from owning, possessing or having access to animals for 10 years, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced this week.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge also placed the 28 year old Los Angeles resident on three years of summary probation.

The defendant pleaded no contest on Sept. 18, 2017, to one felony count of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the felony plea was withdrawn and the charge was dismissed yesterday after the defendant completed the required 60 days of community labor and an animal cruelty prevention class.

According to the report, on Nov. 24, 2016, the defendant dragged and yanked his dog, Indie, causing the puppy to bleed.

The case was investigated by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

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Microchipped Dog Stolen From Sherman Oaks Home Reunited With Owner

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SHERMAN OAKS (KABC) — A dog that was stolen from a Sherman Oaks home during a burglary last week has been reunited with her owner.

Stella, a 4-year-old labradoodle, was the most prized possession stolen from Barbara Goodhill’s home last Friday.

“She probably was trusting when they took her,” Goodhill said. “She’s just a bundle of joy and spirit and I guess too friendly for her own good.”

Goodhill went around her neighborhood posting flyers and offering a $500 reward, no questions asked, for Stella’s return.

Tuesday morning, Stella was brought into an Animal Services clinic in Downey by a man who said the dog was following him.Her microchip was scanned and she was reunited with Goodhill. Police still want to talk to two people […]

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‘Sexy Vegan’ Sentenced, Loses Dogs Over Butt Licking Incident

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LOS ANGELES — A 37-year-old man entered a no contest plea today in connection to a video he posted with a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Sexy Vegan, aka Hansel DeBartolo III, of West Hollywood entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace in case 9SC03436.

Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman said Vegan was immediately sentenced to two years of summary probation, 100 hours of community service and 52 weeks of a sexual offender program.

In addition, the defendant’s dogs which were previously seized will not be returned and he will be prohibited from owning any new animals during his probationary period. 

On Sept. 5, 2019, Vegan posted a video on a social media account depicting a pit bull licking the defendant’s rear end, the prosecutor said.

He initially pleaded not guilty on September 27 for allegedly sexually assaulting his dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced at the time. He was charged with one misdemeanor count each of sexual assault on an animal and posting obscene matter.

He was facing up to one year in county jail if convicted on the initial charges.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department.

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Mother & Daughter Plead No Contest to Stealing Dog From Elderly Man

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Sgt. Dave Schilling holds dog recovered from home in South Gate and undated photo of Chewie (Credit: Long Beach Police Department)

LOS ANGELES — A woman and her mother each pleaded no contest today to stealing a dog from a 72-year-old man in Long Beach in April, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Erika Juarez Trujillo and Patricia Juarez, both of South Gate, entered the plea to one misdemeanor count each of petty theft.

They were immediately sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daniel Lowenthal to three years’ summary probation, 30 days of community labor, modified animal neglect classes, an online animal cruelty course and a 100-yard stay-away order from the incident’s location.

In April, the victim was walking a small dog when Trujillo pushed the victim, grabbed the dog and fled in a car drive by Juarez, prosecutors said.

The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.

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