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Case ID: 20003
Classification: Beating, Kicking/Stomping
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

County: Los Angeles

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Eric James Fowler

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Los Angeles man accused of beating his dog pleaded not guilty Friday to one felony count of cruelty to an animal.

Eric James Fowler, 40, was arrested on March 5 after sheriff's deputies allegedly observed him kicking and stomping on a white object, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

As the deputies got closer to Fowler, prosecutors said they realized the white object was a dog.

The deputies intervened and ordered Fowler to stop beating the dog, the release stated.

The dog laid motionless for several minutes before regaining consciousness, according to prosecutors.

Fowler was arrested and the dog was taken to a shelter for medical treatment.

Fowler was being held on $120,000 and was due back in court March 20.

He had a previous conviction in 1995 for robbery.

If convicted as charged in this case, Fowler faced a maximum sentence of six years in state prison.


Case Updates

On Thursday (March 20, 2014), a Los Angeles, Calif., man who brutally beat a dog earlier this month, pleaded no contest to a felony animal cruelty charge, reported KTLA News.

Police arrested 40-year-old Eric James Fowler on March 5 after they observed him pummeling a pit bull mix dog.

When the deputies initially arrived on the scene and witnessed Fowler hitting and kicking "something white" they did not realize that the object on the receiving end of his abuse was alive. As soon as they determined that it was a dog, they yelled at Fowler to stop.

The abused dog, who had been knocked unconscious from the beating, finally woke up and struggled to his feet; he was taken to an area shelter for care and he is still waiting to be adopted.

Fowler is expected to be sentenced for his crime on June 18 - he is expected to be sentenced to one year in jail and three years of probation.
Source: Examiner - March 21, 2014
Update posted on Mar 21, 2014 - 7:42PM 

References

  • KTLA - March 7, 2014

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