INLAND VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY & S.P.C.A.
Puppy in Protective Custody at Shelter for 304 Days Freed
July 30, 2019, Pomona, CA – On July 26, 2019, Cesar Velasquez pled guilty to PC 597 B of California “Animal Abuse” & Cruelty Laws after 304 days of his puppy being in Protective Custody. Cesar Velasquez’ case is pending sentencing and is currently classified as a misdemeanor that may advance to a felony.
September 26th, 2018, an Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA. Humane Officer was called to a scene of animal neglect by a neighbor of Velasquez. The complaint addressed the mistreatment of 7 month old Husky puppy, Oreo, and unsafe living conditions.
Upon arriving at the property, the Humane Officer discovered a feces covered yard, broken gates surrounding the home, no food or shelter for the pet, and lacerations from an embedded collar choking the dog. After making contact with the animal owner, who initially refused to provide his information, Oreo was rescued on site.
Cesar Velasquez was cited for a leash law violation and given a seizure notice advising potential charges for animal cruelty. Oreo was immediately transported to Diamond Bar Emergency Clinic to have a complete physical that evaluated for further injuries. The collar was embedded deep into his skin, which had grown around it, and had to be surgically removed.
A witness also accused the suspect of beating the dog when disobeyed and giving him no food. The witness indicated that he fed the dog every day. Velasquez pleaded not guilty in all pretrial hearings. Oreo remained in the custody of the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. pending the investigation, for 304 days.
On July 26, 2019, Cesar Velasquez pleaded guilty for Animal Cruelty charges and faces 3 years’ probation arraigned by the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Oreo will be available for adoption this Wednesday, July 31, at the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA.
The Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA would like to remind everyone to always report abuse or animal neglect if they see it, to us or their local Animal Control Service/Shelter.
The Inland Valley Humane Society and S.P.C.A. is a private, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to providing protection, shelter and medical care to abandoned and injured animals of our community. For more information, contact IVHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 909-623-9777.