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Dog rescue operator in San Diego County found guilty of animal neglect

Aldo A 62-year-old Lakeside woman who has run an animal rescue operation for several years was convicted Tuesday of five misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.

A jury in the El Cajon branch of San Diego County Superior Court found Alice Via guilty of running an illegal kennel at her home -- keeping more than 60 dogs -- and neglecting the dogs.

Many of the dogs suffered from parasites, fleas, ticks and kennel cough, and were underweight. Some of the dogs were kept in crates for 20 hours a day, according to evidence presented at trial.

Most of the dogs were boxers, but there were also spaniels and several Chihuahuas, including Aldo (above) who was mentioned in one of the counts.

The dogs were turned over to the county Department of Animal Services. One died, but others were given medical care and most have been adopted, officials said.

Via, who ran San Diego Boxer Rescue, is set to be sentenced next week and could face up to two years in jail.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Karra Reedy, who prosecuted the case, said that even if Via is not sentenced to jail, her conditions of probation will prohibit her from keeping so many dogs on her property.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Aldo, a Chihuahua found at the home of Alice Via. Credit: San Diego County district attorney

Comments () | Archives (6)

From the pic 'Aldo' looks to be a Xoloitzquintle or PIO mix - aka Hairless, unless for some reason he lost all his hair. If he is there are Rescue groups that work specifically with the Hairless breeds as they need special care. His skin looks 'pink' which can happen when Hairless` are mixed & the haired breed's skin comes through but without hair. This is especially difficult as it makes the dog a lot more sensitive to skin Cancer.

I hate reading articles like this. It's amazing how there are people out there like this. Total neglect, amazing!!!

I really do hope she gets sentenced to jail just to feel a partial amount of agony that she put those poor dogs through and to be behind bars herself. It is disgusting and so disturbing that she actually called herself a rescue when she did such an injustice to so many poor dogs. I am glad that she got caught. One less person who will hurt the animals.

2 years in jail or a probation that will have terms on how many dogs she can have???
If she has already been convicted of abuse, why is she possibly going to be allowed to have any dogs on her property? She has already proven that she won't take proper care of them! She shouldn't be allowed to have any pets!!

What is the point running a rescue if u are not trying to adopt them out and neglecting them..hopefully she will get to spend some time in the slammer

The Boxer Rescue has adopted out 1700 dogs.


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