Saturday, September 5, 2009

Temecula man pleads guilty to animal cruelty with over 200 dead dogs

MURRIETA - A Temecula man who had more than 200 dead dogs in plastic bags on his property pleaded guilty today to three animal cruelty counts and was sentenced to five years probation, three days in jail and 1,000 hours of community service.

Elisao Gilbert Jimenez, 67, must also undergo mental health counseling and take prescribed medications. He will be subject to search and seizure at any time during his probationary period and cannot own any animals, according to court documents.

Jimenez was arrested last January for having more than 200 dead dogs in plastic bags, including one with its heart eaten out.

As investigators tried to control about 80 live dogs, one killed another and began eating it, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Investigators also found a dead cat on the bathroom counter and other pregnant and sick felines, as well as dead dogs with fresh wounds on their bodies from dog fights, according to court papers.

Seven other animal cruelty counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement..." More

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