Second Chance For Dragged Pit Bull
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The young female pit bull dragged behind a pickup truck into SEAACA’s
parking lot on December 4 is recovering from her injuries…When she’s
ready, her new forever home will be carefully chosen. In celebration of the
new life before her, SEAACA staff has given the year-old dog formerly called
Prada a fresh, more fitting name: Bluebell.
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Ms. Deborah Knaan, Esq.
Los Angeles District Attorney Headquarters
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple St.; Los Angeles, Ca. 90012-3210
ph: 213-974-3512; fax: 213-974-1484
web mail form: http://da.co.la.ca.us/feedback.htm
*NOTE: Deputy District Attorney Deborah Knaan supervises the prosecution of
all animal cruelty and neglect cases in the Los Angeles County District
Attorney’s Office. So far, authorities are withholding the name of the woman
charged with dragging her pit bull behind her truck.
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Dear Deputy District Attorney Knaan,
Please seek the maximum punishment allowed by law for a Norfolk, California
woman accused of dragging her pit bull, Prada, behind her pick-up truck on
December 4, 2008.
Apparently, she’d loaded the one-year-old dog with mange into her truck bed
— a prohibited form of transport in California — to relinquish him at
Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) in Downey for euthanasia.
Mange is entirely curable and perhaps Prada sensed her fate when she jumped
from the moving vehicle. In any case, the 25-year-old woman, charged with
illegally transporting a dog and felony animal cruelty, kept driving.
She didn’t slow down, even as a driver behind her saw the leashed dog thrash
and scream against the pavement for blocks. The horrified witness trailed
her into the SEAACA parking lot where animal control officers quickly
intervened to save the bloody, unconscious dog.
Capt. Aaron Reyes, SEAACA director of operations, stated “Prada lost
consciousness from pain or being choked by the collar.”
I understand the woman has been served notice to appear in Los Angeles
Superior Court in March. I urge the District Attorney’s Office to seek
restitution for Prada’s veterinary bills, along with jail time for animal
cruelty, a felony, and loose transport in an open truck bed, a misdemeanor.
If convicted, please ensure Prada’s abuser undergoes psychological
counseling and is barred from possessing or living with animals.
Mental health professionals and criminologists view animal abuse as an overt
clue to antisocial behavior. They describe the intensity of violent behavior
(regardless of the victim’s identity) as a precursor to future violence.
Animal cruelty is a key trait in the American Psychiatric Association’s
profile for conduct disorders and the FBI identifies animal abuse as an
early stage along the violence continuum.
Thank you for recognizing the gravity of this crime and prosecuting Prada’s
abuser to the fullest degree.
UPDATE ON PRADA, RENAMED BLUEBELL
Jim Willis, World Animal Day Ambassador USA-East, firstname.lastname@example.org —
Prada is being treated at SEACCA’s Animal Care Center for mange, pain and
infection. She’s expected to make a full recovery.
Donations for her care should be made payable to:
SEAACA (ATTN: Prada Care Fund)
9777 SEAACA Street; Downey, CA 90241
Southeast Area Animal Control Authority
SEAACA appreciates all offers from other rescues to take Prada, but after
she recovers, they would like her to be adopted by a local family. Contact
the shelter to apply for adoption (and if Prada is no longer available, many
other wonderful dogs will be). Prada will not have to be held as evidence
because investigators have sufficient photographic proof of her injuries.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Pit Bull Dragged Behind Truck For Several Blocks
Dog dragging charged: CRIME: Owner cited.
Update on Pit Bull Dragged Behind Truck
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