Man says he beat dog with rock in self defense
An assistant fire chief charged with beating a 6-month-old puppy on the head with a 12-pound rock said yesterday that he acted in self-defense after the animal bit his thumb.
Glynn Johnson, 54, who works for the Los Angeles County fire department, was arrested by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department last week and charged with one count of maliciously wounding his neighbor’s dog, Karley. He was released the same day on $10,000 bail.
Speaking at a news conference at his attorney’s office in Beverly Hills, Johnson portrayed himself as an animal lover, and said the top of his thumb had nearly been ripped off and had to be sutured back on because of the bite.
The dog, meanwhile, a German shepherd mix, suffered a fractured skull and had to be euthanized, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
“It suddenly turned on me and severely bit me several times on my hands, my arms and my legs,” said Johnson, sitting next to two poster boards with blown-up images of his injuries.
Animal rights activists urged prosecutors in Riverside to file criminal charges after the Nov. 3 incident, alleging Johnson was receiving special treatment because of his position in the Fire Department. Johnson has been put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal case, said his attorney.
A neighbor who witnessed the incident told authorities that Johnson struck the dog on the head more than 10 times with the rock.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 23rd, 2008 under Muttsblog.
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