A Santa Clarita Valley woman arrested on animal cruelty charges in February was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years of formal probation.
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Desiree Lenore Martinez, 41, of the 23200 block of West Avenue D, was arrested by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies Feb. 10, after Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies and Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control officers responded to a service call.
Martinez was taken into custody Feb. 10, and is currently scheduled to be released Aug. 2, according to Sheriff’s Department officials.
Deputies discovered a small pitbull mix inside the Martinez’s residence. On Feb. 9, Martinez choked the dog with shoelaces and hit it in the head with a rock, according to Deputy District Attorney Lyle Riggs, who prosecuted the case.
Martinez pleaded no contest to one count of cruelty to an animal on April 17 and was prohibited from having or taking care of any animals for 10 years.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carlos Chung of the Antelope Valley Branch gave her credit for 256 days already served in jail.
The dog was found severely injured, hardly able to move. There were injuries to the dog’s eyes, and other areas.
“(The pitbull’s) condition is stable,” said Betsey Webster, Department of Animal Care and Control official, shortly after Martinez’s arrest.
Deputies conducted an interview with the suspect, who was eventually arrested.
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control officers also responded to the location and, with the help of Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies, took custody of the dog.
The dog was taken to the Lancaster Animal Care center, according to a Department of Animal Care and Control official.
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control provided medical treatment for the dog, which has since been adopted.
The case was investigated by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
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Source: Santa Clarita News