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June 18, 2014: Lancaster-Area Woman Sentenced for Abusing Her Dog

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

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.

Deputy District Attorney Lyle Riggs said Desiree Lenore Martinez, 41, was sentenced yesterday to one year in county jail and three years formal probation.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carlos Chung of the Antelope Valley Branch gave her credit for 256 days already served in jail. Martinez pleaded no contest to one count of cruelty to an animal on April 17 and was prohibited from having or taking care of any animals for 10 years.

On Feb. 9, Martinez choked the dog with shoelaces and hit it in the head with a rock, Riggs 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.