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Palmdale man arrested on suspicion of abusing his family’s dogs

Animal cruelty case

A 22-year-old man was arrested early Monday in Palmdale on suspicion of brutalizing his family’s four dogs, authorities said.

(Los Angeles Times)

A 22-year-old Palmdale man was arrested Monday on suspicion of abusing his family’s dogs, including breaking one dog’s legs and injuring the neck of another, authorities said.

Shortly before 1 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the 5800 block of Saint Laurent Drive, where family members said Andres Garcia was kicking and brutalizing the family’s four dogs, Sheriff’s Deputy Jodi Wolfe said.

Family members told deputies that they tried to stop Garcia, but he continued the abuse, Wolfe said.

Of the family’s four dogs, one “appeared to have” both hind legs broken and several cuts, officials said. A second dog was bleeding from its mouth and had neck injuries, officials said.

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It’s unclear if the other two dogs in the home were injured.

Garcia was booked on suspicion of animal cruelty and is being held on $20,000 bail, officials said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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