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Domestic Violence Kills the Family Dog spcaLA Investigation Leads to Felony Animal Cruelty Charge PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 05:42

Los Angeles, CA - A Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) investigation and supporting evidence led to a felony animal cruelty charge filed against Terrance Hawkins of Los Angeles, after he allegedly threw his girlfriend's dog out of a 5th story window during an argument.

Bizzie, the beloved American Eskimo dog of Hawkins' girlfriend, succumbed to his injuries and perished after twelve days in intensive veterinary care.

Hawkins is currently in police custody for three domestic violence charges, one probation violation and one felony count of animal cruelty. The animal cruelty charge alone could put Hawkins in prison for up to 3 years with a fine up to $20,000.

"Where domestic violence is present, animal cruelty and child abuse can usually be found - we call it 'The Link,'" said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. "The cycle of violence continues until it is broken by law enforcement, education or other intervention."

spcaLA offers the Animal Safety Net (ASN)(TM) program which provides free boarding and veterinary care for the animals of domestic violence victims at an undisclosed location, so they may flee a dangerous situation without fear for the safety of their pets. Case workers and victims can call 888-527-7722 for more information about ASN.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 05:43