This is such an unfortunate situation for everyone involved, but the owner of the animal does have to take accountability in the end!
Samantha Ronson could be facing some serious charges after her dog, Cadillac, mauled and killed a small Maltese yesterday afternoon, depending on what Animal Control Officials conclude after they complete their investigation!
Michelle Roache, the Deputy Director of the El Lay Department of Animal Care and Control, says:
"It's a pending criminal prosecution. The attack is substantial. It's all up to the courts whether or not a person is going to lose the right to own the dog, or that the dog be euthanized, or that there's restrictions against the dog. They vary from [sentences where] the person can't own any dogs in the county of Los Angeles, to the court demanding the dog for euthanasia, or a lot of times they have to pay a fine. I haven't seen people jailed for an incident like this. We have to backtrack into past incidents and find people who are involved or have any knowledge of the dog's behavior. We don't believe there was a bite to any person. If the dog has bitten a person it has to be quarantined for 10 days and we don't allow the dog to leave the state. If there's no proper way to resolve the incident and confine the dog safely so that it does not occur to anyone else during the filing of the criminal case, and we feel that the dog is a threat, then we would impound the dog. If they have another address where it has more responsible people or better confinement, that's something that is preferable over putting an animal in a shelter."
Ronson, meanwhile, has allegedly sent Cadillac to New York to stay with her family, which we think is certainly for the best!
We would hate to see any animal locked up or put down, but obviously that kind of behavior is extremely unpredictable and dangerous, and we hope that the proper precautions are being taken care of to ensure something like this NEVER happens again!
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