Ramona, Calif. – The man caught on surveillance video throwing his 6-month-old puppy over a tall fence surrounding a commercial building on D Street in Ramona has been identified and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty under California Penal Code section 597(b), and misdemeanor animal abandonment under section 597s, according to the San Diego County News Center. For each charge, the suspect – now defendant – “faces up to six months in county jail or a fine of up to $1,000….” For the original article about this incident, click here.
After the video footage was submitted to the authorities, San Diego Animal Services asked the public for help in identifying the suspect. On September 28, someone called the department, which led to the suspect, who is identified as Gary Sartor of Ramona.
Dolly’s story caused quite an uproar, not just within the animal-loving community, but the community, in general. Such cold and calculating conduct goes beyond the bounds of decency and is of a nature that will not be tolerated by a civilized society. This is precisely why there are laws that make this kind of behavior criminal.
Dolly’s story, along with the video footage of her being thrown over the tall fence by the suspect, made both local and national news. Bruce Phillips was one of the thousands of people who watched the news-footage of Dolly violently hit the ground on her back from the fall. Whether it was Divine Intervention, or mere coincidence, Dolly happened to be “the spitting image” of Phillips’ senior dog who passed away just seven months earlier. Still mourning the loss of his furry family member, Phillips was not ready to adopt another dog – not until he saw Dolly.
Phillips traveled to the Carlsbad shelter to visit with Dolly. Dawn Danielson, Director of the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, observed the pair during their “meet-and-greet,” and commented, “It was really amazing how quickly Dolly bonded with Phillips.”
What started out as a heartbreaking rejection by Dolly’s master – which would have likely resulted in her demise if not for Karen Tavares and the other employees at Investigative Science & Engineering, Inc. – ended with the beginning of the mending of two hearts – the heart of a compassionate and wonderful man and, of course, the hurting heart of Dolly.
God speed, Mr. Phillips and Dolly! Have a wonderful life.
As for Sartor, he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If he is found guilty, or he chooses to plead guilty or “no contest,” lets hope his punishment will fit his bad deed.
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