Man Arrested And Charged With Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Tossing Puppy in Trash Chute


News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón 

March 15, 2019
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SAN FRANCISCO — Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Ronald Louis Jones, age 59, of San Francisco, was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor abandonment of an animal.  The arrest was made by Animal Care and Control (ACC) with the assistance of the San Francisco Sherriff’s Department. 

“The level of callousness alleged is stunningly atrocious,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “A person who would cause this degree of harm to a defenseless dog should not be allowed to have any animal in their care.”

“I am pleased that the diligent work by ACC’s animal control officers has led to an arrest in this appalling case,” said Animal Care and Control Executive Director Virginia Donohue. “We will not tolerate animal abuse in San Francisco.”

According to court records, Ronald Louis Jones has been arrested and charged for the cruel mistreatment of a four-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy. The puppy was found severely injured in the garbage dumpster of a large apartment complex on Otis Street and McCoppin Street on February 25, 2019.  Subsequent investigation by ACC Officers found that Rocky was dropped three stories through the trash chute where she lay in a dumpster for four days before being discovered.  Despite the absence of food and water, the small animal survived, leading Animal Care and Control staff to name her “Rocky.”  ACC Officers later executed a search warrant and obtained evidence, including security footage that identified a suspect and showed a sequence of events that contributed to Rocky’s injuries. 

At the time Rocky was saved she was dehydrated and suffering from a severely broken rear leg.  Due to the extent of her injuries her leg was amputated after veterinarians determined that surgical repair was unlikely to be successful. She is currently recovering in the foster care of a staff member at Animal Care and Control and will be adopted by one of the investigating officers.

Mr. Jones appeared in court today where he entered a plea of not guilty.  He is scheduled to be back in Department 11 on March 28, 2019 at 9 AM.  Photos and videos of Rocky are available here.