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Assistant fire chief allegedly beats neighbor's dog

Fire official on adminstrative leave

Posted: November 7, 2008 11:11 a.m.
Updated: November 7, 2008 11:20 a.m.
 

UPDATED: 7:50 p.m.
Los Angeles County fire officials placed an assistant chief on administrative leave without pay after he allegedly beat his neighbor’s puppy to death with a rock.

Assistant Chief Glynn Johnson said the dog attacked him at his Riverside County home and he struck it in self defense. He immediately reported the incident to his superiors, an L.A. County Fire Department statement said.

The L.A. County Fire Department statement didn’t indicate how long Johnson will remain on administrative leave and a spokeswomen declined further comment.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Perris Station received two calls at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. The first call reported a dog attacking a man in 17000 block of Armintrout Drive in Woodcrest. The second call reported a man beating a dog with a stone at the same address, according to a sheriff’s department statement.  

A witness told deputies he found the dog belonging to a neighbor and was returning it to the owner when Johnson, also a neighbor, allegedly offered to return the dog. After turning the dog over to Johnson, the witness alleges Johnson beat the dog with his hands and struck it with a rock.

The owners took the dog to a veterinarian, where it was euthanized.

A deputy contacted Johnson later at a Riverside-area hospital, where he was treated for an injury to his wrist and thumb. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Perris Station Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation. California Penal Code 597 makes it a felony for anyone who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a living animal. If evidence indicates a crime has occurred, the case will be referred to the Riverside County District Attorney for review.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department declined further comment.

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