Bluebell was nearly dragged to death in December, but that is clearly not enough for the LA District Attorney’s office to press charges against the dog’s former owner, Bryana Wilson.
Workers at the Southeast Area Animal Care Agency (SEAACA) were stunned when they saw Bluebell choking and bleeding as she was dragged on a chain behind a truck pulling into the shelter’s parking lot.
The owner of the dog, Bryana Wilson of Norwalk was bringing the then one year old, “Prada” to the animal shelter to be killed because of an undiagnosed skin problem, which turned out to be an easily curable case of mange.
Wilson put the dog in the back of an open pick up truck, tied her to the truck bed with a leash and, at some point during the drive, the dog fell out of the truck (or jumped out of the truck as the owner claimed) and was dragged for blocks. Meanwhile, a horrified motorist was screaming, waving and honking for the owner to pull over but Wilson didn’t notice.
It wasn’t until Wilson was met with a very upset crowd of at least 15 people that she realized what had happened. When Wilson got to the shelter, the bloody dog had lost consciousness after being nearly dragged to death. SEAACA cited the owner and took custody of the dog to provide veterinary care.
Now the Cat and Dog Rescue Association has learned that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will not be pressing charges against the owner.
“This dog’s open sores, red, raw skin and hair loss took months to develop. This painful and itchy condition did not happen overnight. Untreated mange this bad can shut down a dog’s organs and kill a dog. It is cheap and easy to treat with over-the-counter medicine. This crime alone is enough for a cruelty case to be filed,” says Lois Newman, President of the Cat and Dog Rescue Association in Los Angeles.
In addition to animal cruelty charges for not providing veterinary care for mange, charges should be filed for dragging the dog nearly to death, as well transporting an animal illegally in the back of a pickup truck.
“These are clear violations of California state law. If these laws are not enforced, what is the point of having these laws on the books?” says Newman. “This is a perfect example of why it is against state law to transport loose or improperly restrained dogs in an open truck bed. It’s dangerous for both people trying to swerve to avoid a fallen dog, and it’s often deadly to the dog,” said Newman.
“It wasn’t like this dog was having a quality life before the owner took the dog to the animal shelter to be killed” said Newman. “The owner wasn’t exactly on the way to the dog park to play. This owner allowed this dog to get to the point that the dog was suffering and in pain. This owner was taking the young dog to be killed for an easily treated skin problem.”
On a positive note, there is a somewhat happy ending. After the awesome employees at the SEAACA spent more than $1,000 in medical care to rehabilitate Bluebell, renaming her to give her a fresh start, she has now completely healed both physically and emotionally.
Earlier in the year, Bluebell was reportedly “not good with other dogs,” most likely because she had never been around any other dogs. However, she now lives in a temporary foster home in Los Angeles and plays with other dogs regularly. This is because a rescue group took the time to socialize and train her to be around other dogs. Bluebell is still in need of a permanent home, so anyone who is interested can visit Karma Rescue at http://karmarescue.org
I want to know why the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will not file charges against Bluebell’s former owner, Bryana Wilson (whose phone number has since been disconnected). Today, I plan to e-mail, call, write AND fax DA Steve Cooley’s office and the Board of Supervisor for the area to ask them to take action. I urge all of you out there to do the same. Here is their contact info:
County of Los Angeles
District Attorney’s Office
County of Los Angeles
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210
Phone: (213) 974-3512
Supervisor, Fourth District
Board of Supervisors
Email: [email protected]
Phone (213) 974-4444
Also, here is the contact information for Lois Newman, President of the Cat and Dog Rescue Association, who has been leading the effort to pressure the LA District Attorney to press formal charges against Bryana Wilson.
Cat and Dog Rescue Association, Inc.