On November 30th, deputies posted on the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station Facebook page that, while serving a search warrant in Neenach, deputies discovered a dozen small dogs in terrible condition. The post reads:
“On Thursday, November 29, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s COBRA detectives traveled to the Neenach area to serve a search warrant. The investigation, spearheaded by a Gorman deputy, involved a suspect who allegedly made serious criminal threats against employees at a utilities company.
When detectives arrived at the suspect’s residence, they found a dozen small-breed dogs housed in ‘deplorable’ conditions without adequate care. Deputies found a box of Cheerios cereal that they readily poured on the floor to feed the famished pups. Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control was contacted, and officers responded in hazmat suits to take possession of the dogs.
Deputies seized 22 firearms from the home, that reportedly belonged to the suspect’s uncle who lived at the home. One of the firearms was an unregistered assault rifle. Detectives arrested the 43-year-old male on criminal threats and felon in possession of ammunition charges, both felonies. His 63-year-old uncle was arrested on felony weapons charges. Both men were transported and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail. Los Angeles Animal Care and Control is handling and conducting an animal cruelty investigation.”
The alleged crime that first brought the deputies to the home, criminal threats, is covered under California Penal Code 422 PC and is described as threatening to personally harm or kill someone, thereby putting that person in a state of immediate and unequivocal fear. The crime is a “wobbler” that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If charged as a misdemeanor, the possible penalties include up to one year in county jail. When charged as a felony, the possible sentence includes up to four years in California state prison.