District Attorney Will Not Prosecute Owner After Dog Nearly Dragged To Death

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.Bluebell

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:

Steve Cooley
District Attorney
County of Los Angeles

[email protected]

District Attorney’s Office
County of Los Angeles
210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210
Phone: (213) 974-3512

Don Knabe
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.

Lois Newman
Cat and Dog Rescue Association, Inc.
323.666.1357
323.666.1357 fax

[email protected]

13 Replies to “District Attorney Will Not Prosecute Owner After Dog Nearly Dragged To Death”

  1. If anyone wants to cut, paste and reuse, here is a letter I e-mailed to the DA:

    Steve Cooley
    District Attorney
    County of Los Angeles
    210 West Temple Street, Suite 18000
    Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210
    Phone: (213) 974-3512

    Mr. Cooley,
    I am writing to express concern over the case of “Bluebell,” the pit bull who was nearly dragged to death behind a truck driven by Bryana Wilson of Norwalk back in December 2008. The owner of the dog was cited by the Southeast Area Animal Care Agency. From what I understand, there are clear violations of California state laws regarding animal abuse, neglect and cruelty. Can you please provide me with an explanation as to why the District Attorney’s office is not pressing charges against Bryana Wilson?

    I look forward to receiving your response.

    Thank you,

    Verdell Wilson

  2. Am I the only one who believes in an “eye for an eye” for people like this? I don’t think that I can legally post here what I think should happen to that woman.

  3. Burns! Thank you, sir. Even one more letter should help bring the DA’s attention to this case.

    Urbinsissy, It’s very frustrating. It’s no wonder vigilantes emerge when the system doesn’t even attempt to pursue justice.

  4. email sent…poor baby dog…if my pup wasn’t such a jelous oaf, I’d look into taking her home.

  5. And the result:

    From: [email protected].#nospam#.gov
    Subject: Norwalk Case
    Dear Mr. XXXXXXX,

    Thank you for your email. We have carefully reviewed all of the evidence that was presented to us by law enforcement on this case. While on the face of it the incident that occurred is disturbing, after careful examination of the facts we have determined that at this time there is insufficient evidence to file criminal charges.

    We share your concern for the welfare of all animals and will continue to vigorously prosecute all provable cases of animal abuse and neglect that occur in Los Angeles County.

    Thank you, again, for taking the time to write.

    Sincerely,

    Debbie Knaan
    Deputy District Attorney
    Animal Cruelty Case Coordinator
    Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

  6. I bet if it was a human, monkey or tiger, the driver would be in jail. But because it was a dog…

    Oh and speaking of dogs, Michael Vick has left federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., to complete his 23-month sentence in home confinement in Virginia. Keep an eye on your pups!

  7. Thanks, bmayhem. I just received the same letter as you. Very disappointing indeed.

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