Transient sentenced in sexual assault of shelter dog
A transient who sexually assaulted a dog he had adopted from an animal shelter has been sentenced to three years' probation, officials with the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Tuesday.
Wade Strickland, 62, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and lewd conduct in connection with a Feb. 2 incident in which he was seen sexually violating the female German shepherd mix beneath a freeway underpass and was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force.
Judge Mary Lou Villar also ordered Strickland not to own or possess any animals, submit to searches by the LAPD and Department of Animal Services for animals at any time and attend two dozen animal care counseling sessions.
Officials with the city attorney's office said Strickland had previously adopted numerous dogs from the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter. He had been reported for both mistreating his animals and indecent exposure but never had been previously prosecuted.
But prosecutors said witnesses to previous incidents came forward to testify against Strickland in the current case.
At the time of his arrest, Strickland was "found with two dogs, including the victim, and pornographic material in his possession," according to the city prosecutors.
The abused dog, which had no visible trauma, was successfully adopted following the incident, officials said.