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February 11, 2014: Animal Abuse Videos Prompt Criminal Charges for South Los Angeles Teenager

Shiara Dávila-Morales, Media Chief
(213) 257-2000

Animal cruelty charges were filed today against a South Los Angeles teenager who allegedly made numerous videos of himself abusing his family’s dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The 17-year-old youth (dob 12/12/96) is expected to be arraigned at Eastlake Juvenile Court on Feb. 27. He is charged with four felony counts of cruelty to an animal in case FJ51296.

Prosecutors allege that the juvenile made several videos of himself abusing the dog and then posted them on asocial media site. The 2-year old Weimaraner, which animal control officers renamed “Charlie,” has been removed from the home and has now been adopted.

The juvenile faces a maximum confinement time of three years.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.