Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dog owner guilty of cruelty

From The Daily Journal


A Redwood City dog owner who reportedly told a police officer he was entitled to beat his pit bull was sentenced Friday to 30 days jail for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

John Abdon Johnson, 57, was also ordered to take 32 hours of anger management class, not care for or own animals and stay away from the dog named Bucket.

A Redwood City police officer arrested Johnson May 13 after spotting him beat Bucket over the head with his hand and kick the dog in the ribs. The officer, who was driving by the incident, reportedly confronted Johnson who said it was his dog and he could beat it if he wanted to.

Johnson resisted during his arrest, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Bucket suffered no apparent injuries, according to a Peninsula Humane Society veterinarian.

Johnson has been in custody on $10,000 bail and receives credit for 21 days against his month term.

He must also serve two years court probation.

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