LANCASTER – A Lancaster-area woman has been sentenced for injuring her pit bull-mix dog, causing serious injuries to its head and eyes, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.
Desiree Lenore Martinez, 41, was sentenced Tuesday (June 17) to one year in county jail and three years formal probation, stated Deputy District Attorney Lyle Rigg.
She received credit for 256 days already served in jail from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carlos Chung of the Antelope Valley Branch.
Martinez, who pleaded no contest to one count of animal cruelty on April 17, was prohibited from having or taking care of any animals for 10 years.
The conviction stems from an incident that occurred on Feb. 9, 2014. Martinez choked her pit bull-mix dog with shoelaces and hit it in the head with a rock, the prosecutor said. The dog was found in an empty lot, hardly able to move.
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control provided medical treatment for the dog, which has since been adopted.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Clarita Station, investigated the case.