Terrier Survives Horrific Alleged Abuse, Jail Time Ordered
May 25, 2011: Robert Gonzales pleaded no contest on one count of felony animal cruelty and a drug possession charge. He was sentenced on May 18, 2011 to one year in jail to be followed by two years of supervised probation. He is not to be in possession of any animals during that time, and will undergo mental health treatment using the AniCare Model. Lacey the dog continues her recovery at her likely-permanent home with her foster care providers.
(Kern County, CA) Lacey, a 6-pound terrier, was allegedly abandoned for days, reportedly having been tied to a tree, hit with a golf club and sprayed in the eyes with bleach. Animal control officers discovered her on December 4, 2010. Lacey has since undergone extensive veterinary treatment and is reportedly undergoing rehabilitation in a loving home.
The dog’s owner, Robert Gonzales, has been charged with felony animal cruelty as well as three possession-related charges. Providing yet another tragic example of the link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans, this defendant is reportedly the subject of a domestic violence restraining order as well.
Kern County Superior Court
1415 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661- 868-5393
Case #: BF134866A