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March 21, 2014

Los Angeles Man Pleads to Animal Cruelty Charge

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:03 am

A Los Angeles man accused of brutally beating his dog pleaded no contest today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Eric James Fowler, 40, was convicted of one felony count of cruelty to an animal. The defendant is expected to be sentenced to 365 days in county jail and three years probation on June 18 at the Metropolitan Courthouse, said Deputy District Attorney Cindy Waterman.

The prosecutor said on March 5 sheriff deputies were driving through an unincorporated area of Los Angeles when they allegedly observed Fowler kicking and stomping on a white object.

As the deputies got closer to Fowler, they saw the white object was a dog, the prosecutor added. The deputies intervened and yelled at Fowler to stop.

Fowler ceased beating the dog and the canine laid motionless,Waterman said. After some time, the dog woke up, struggled to its feet and was led by the deputies to the patrol car.

Immediately after the incident, the defendant was arrested. The dog was taken to a shelter for medical treatment, where it remains waiting to be adopted.

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

Los Angeles County District Attorney / March 20, 2014

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