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Felony charges sought in death of dog in Riverside County

Felony animal cruelty charges are being sought against a Riverside County man in a case involving a dog that died after it was tied to a fence, authorities said Tuesday.

The county Department of Animal Services said it was seeking the charges against James Taylor, a Palm Desert resident who was engaged in an ongoing dispute regarding his neighbor's pit bull.

Taylor told animal control officers that the dog had become aggressive and had bitten his wife and children. Animal services officials said there was no evidence that the dog had caused any injuries to people or other animals.

On May 7, Taylor called the department and said he had tied up the 2-year-old pit bull after it had gotten loose again, authorities said. Taylor said he had gotten into a fight with the dog's owner and requested that animal control officers respond to his home in the 73-900 block of Mountain View Avenue, according to the department.

When an officer arrived, the dog was dead. Department Capt. Betsy Richie said an investigation concluded that the dog's death was caused on purpose and that a necropsy report indicated that the animal died from "asphyxia by strangulation."

The case has been forward to the Riverside County district attorney's office.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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Yea but they wont be filed. The dog was a constant threat and in fear of his families well being he just tied it up. My dog almost chocks when i walk him he's so high strung

The reason your dog almost "chocks" is because you didn't take the time to teach him not to.

There are many negligent people involved in this case, too bad a poor little dog had to be untrained and ignored--- giving yet another pit bull a bad rap and ending his innocent life.

Sorry, I'm with Taylor. I'd rather take my chances than to have any of my family members, especially my children — killed by a pit bull that an irresponsible owner could not contain. Me? I would've shot the dog as soon as I saw him loose.

And for you animal nuts (and yes, I too own a dog), there aren't too many "domesticated" animals that can kill a human being such as a pit bull. Take my word for it, one of these days that "gentle" animal is going to turn on YOU.

Visious Pit Bull has been victomizing a neighborhood for almost a year. The owner of the dog has been arrested 2 times in 6 weeks. CPS took his daughter away from him. He beat his wife and ignored restraining orders.

The OWNER KILLED HIS OWN DOG!!! Animal control told called the owner and told him the dog was tied up in the yard and instead of allowing the dog to be untied he pulled his own dog through the fence killing it!!! then tried to beat up Mr. Taylor while Mr. Taylor was holding his 1yr old daughter!!! Ignored the fact the dog was dead proceeded to come after Mr Taylor. I guess the media didn't want to read the multiple police reports they were filed on Mr Flannery, The last one stated he was under the influance at the time he killed his own dog.

That show Mr. Flannery has the ability to care for an animal let alone a family.

To all of you who Do Not know the Facts. Stop judging. So just because it was a pit bull, you would shoot it. That just proves the Bad rap Pit Bulls get. It was proved that the dog was strangled by James William Taylor "former fireman". And for Mr. Flannery, there is no proof of physical violence. No proof of being under the influence. No proof Mr. Taylor was holding his daughter. And if you review the newscast you can not pull the dog through the fence. The calls from animal control and the time from the video(on the newscast) and the t.o.d(the dog was dead before the police got there)? Get your facts right people.


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