PALMDALE – Animal control officers rescued four traumatized dogs from a Palmdale backyard early Monday morning, and deputies arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly abusing the animals, authorities said.
Andres Garcia was arrested in connection with the incident, which happened around 12:51 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, on the 5800 block of Saint Laurent Drive in Palmdale, according to Deputy Jodi Wolfe of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“Family members awoke to the sound of a loud commotion on the first floor of the residence. Family members discovered 22-year-old Andres Garcia, a resident at the location, kicking and chasing the family dogs,” Wolfe stated in a news release.
Family members said they tried to stop Garcia but were unsuccessful, so they contacted law enforcement, according to Wolfe.
“Upon their arrival, deputies found four small dogs in the backyard [that] appeared to be traumatized,” Wolfe stated.
“One of the dogs appeared to have both its hind legs broken and several lacerations. Another dog was bleeding from the mouth and had trauma to its neck,” Wolfe stated. “The physical condition of the other two dogs is unknown at this time.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control will be conducting an investigation into the incident, according to Wolfe.
Garcia was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on suspicion of animal cruelty and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station in lieu of $20,000 bail, according to LASD inmate records.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 2 at the Antelope Valley courthouse.