Man Convicted on Four Counts of Animal Cruelty and Must Serve 60 Days County Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 18, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by representatives from Animal Care and Control today to announce that Abraham Taylor, age 36, was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to 60 days county jail.

“Pets are an important member of our families. This conviction sends a message that you can’t mistreat helpless animals and get away with it,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Thanks to the great work of Animal Care and Control, these dogs are now safe and healthy.”

On March 15, 2012, Animal Care and Control Officers responded to an anonymous call that four dogs that appeared to be emaciated and sick were seen on the defendant’s property, a dog daycare and dog walking business called “Unleashed” located on Hudson Avenue in the Bayview. When officers arrived at the facility, they found four Weimaraner/Retriever dogs that were sick and emaciated. The one year old dogs were malnourished and starved, covered in feces, and had scars and scabs on their skin.

According to Animal Care and Control Officers, the four dogs were trembling and had to be carried to the van because none of them could walk on their own. A behavior assessment determined the dogs were under socialized and malnourished. Within a month when the dogs were taken from the defendant, all the dogs nearly doubled their weight.

In addition to 60 days county jail, the defendant received as part of his sentence 3 years probation, $880 in fines, a condition that he cannot adopt any more animals, and a condition that he cannot as part of his work responsibilities care for, feed, or board animals.

“Animal cruelty is a serious crime and has tremendous impact to the well being of our community,” said Animal Care and Control Officer Ellie Sadler. “We are grateful to the anonymous caller who alerted us. If members of the public suspect animals are being mistreated or abused, please call 415-554-9400.”

Two of the dogs have been adopted and are now in happy homes. Two of the dogs, Annette and Rosalynn are still looking for homes. Their profiles can be found on Petfinder at:

Annette
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23297254

Rosalynn
http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24300654

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