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San Pedro man gets four years for sexually assaulting neighbor's dog

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A San Pedro man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison after prosecutors say he was caught on camera climbing a backyard fence and sexually assaulting a neighboring family’s dog.

Christopher Caceres, 22, pleaded guilty to one count each of cruelty to an animal and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

In a statement, prosecutors said that from August to November 2013, a family reported their dog would continuously yelp at night. Suspecting “prowlers” were entering their backyard, the homeowner installed a surveillance camera and soon discovered a man was climbing the backyard fence and sexually assaulting the family dog.

The homeowner then created fliers with images of the man and distributed them around the neighborhood, prosecutors said. Caceres was arrested after someone came forward and identified him.

The Daily Breeze reported videos showed Caceres feeding something to the 80-pound Akita, which made her relax after about 15 minutes, after which he would carry out the attack.

Los Angeles police would also later discover Caceres had broken into another residential property and stolen alcohol, prosecutors said.

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