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June 19, 2014: Man Sentenced to Jail for Abusing Dog

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A Los Angeles man convicted of brutally beating his dog was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Eric James Fowler, 40, pleaded no contest to one felony count of cruelty to an animal on March 20.

During the sentencing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marcelita V. Haynes also sentenced. Fowler to three years of formal probation and ordered him to pay a $300 restitution fine. Additionally, the defendant must attend 48 animal cruelty classes and is prohibited from owning an animal for 10 years.

Prosecutors said on March 5 sheriff deputies were driving through an unincorporated area of Los Angeles when they observed Fowler kicking and stomping on a white object.

As the deputies got closer to Fowler, they saw the white object was a dog, prosecutors said. The deputies intervened and yelled at Fowler to stop.

Fowler ceased beating the dog and the canine laid motionless. After some time, the dog woke up, struggled to its feet and was led by the deputies to the patrol car.

Immediately after the incident, the defendant was arrested and the dog was taken to a shelter for medical treatment.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department