Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Man Gets Jail Time For Dragging His Bloody Puppy Down The Street

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 16 months in state prison for dragging his bloody puppy up and down the street.Dossey James pleaded no contest to two felony counts of animal abuse in court today, according to a statement by the L.A. County District Attorney. He was also barred from owning or having contact with any animals for the next ten years.

LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force arrested James on Jan. 3 in South L.A. and held him at county jail at $145,000 bail after a witness turned in a cell phone video to the police that captured the incident, reported the Los Angeles Times.

James admitted to dragging his four-month-old pit bull by the leash up and down the street after the dog stopped walking. He continued to drag the puppy even though it was injured and leaving a trail of blood on the street, reported KTLA. In addition, James at one point picked up the dog and threw it to the ground, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Authorities told KTLA that the puppy had to get surgery for cuts and scrapes to its legs and stomach, but is expected to fully recover. It has been turned over to the Animal Services Department.

Support for LAist comes from

At the time of his arrest, James was on probation for a burglary conviction and admitted to a similar animal abuse incident that happened on Dec. 19.