LANCASTER – A 22-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he beat and kicked two family pets at his Palmdale home and then resisted arrest, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Andres Garcia pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor count each of assault on a peace officer and resisting a peace officer, according to Deputy District Attorney Daniel Rochmes.
Garcia is charged with inflicting serious injuries to two dogs, both Chihuahuas, the prosecutor said. One of the dogs had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries.
The incident happened during the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 31, at a home in the 5800 block of Saint Laurent Drive in Palmdale.
Garcia’s family allegedly called authorities to the home around 12:50 a.m. because they were unable to stop Garcia from kicking and chasing the family dogs in the backyard, the prosecutor said.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived, Garcia allegedly charged at a deputy and swung one of the Chihuahuas at him, the prosecutor added.
Deputies said one dog appeared to have both of its back legs broken and several lacerations. Another was bleeding from the mouth and had an injury to its neck, according to the sheriff’s department.
Garcia faces up to six years and four months in jail if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is due back in court Sept. 15 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial.
Garcia’s bail was set at $60,000.
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