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Former L.A. County assistant fire chief guilty in beating death of puppy

January 26, 2010 |  1:20 pm

Glynn_Johnson  A former Los Angeles County assistant fire chief was found guilty today of beating a puppy to death outside his Riverside home last year.

Glynn Johnson, 55, was found guilty in Riverside County Superior Court of animal cruelty and using a deadly weapon, a 12-pound rock, to kill Karley, a mixed breed shepherd.

The case has drawn wide attention, especially from animal-rights groups. For weeks leading up to Johnson’s arrest, protesters rallied in front of the district attorney's office asking that the fire chief be prosecuted.

Johnson was accused of beating the dog after a long feud with his neighbors over various issues in 2008. Prosecutors called the beating unprovoked. The dog had to be euthanized. Prosecutors also say Johnson put dog feces in his neighbors' mailbox with a letter warning them to keep their dogs off his property.

-- David Kelly, reporting from Riverside

Photo: Glynn Johson; Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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