Deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station arrested a 43-year-old woman suspected of animal cruelty. Desiree Martinez is being held on felony charges for allegedly abusing her dog.
Investigators responded to a call regarding a person possibly abusing an animal at the 23200 block of West Avenue D, in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles Monday. Upon arrival, deputies began an investigation by contacting various people in the area, which led them to a residence.
A small sized, possibly pit bull mix, dog could be seen through a window. Deputies say it appeared that the dog was hardly able to move and was suffering from serious injuries to its head and eyes.
An officer with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, along with the deputies rescued the dog, which was removed from the house and transported for medical treatment.
Deputies conducted an interview with the suspect, and ultimately arrested her on a felony animal cruelty charge. The woman is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station in lieu of $20,000 bail. She was scheduled to appear in North Valley Superior Court in San Fernando on 02/13/14.
The condition of the dog is unknown at this time. No further information is available at this time as this is currently still an active investigation.
Source: Pasadena Independent