October 4, 2023

A 34-year-old man seen on a Ring doorbell digital camera swinging at and kicking a Labradoodle in an Anaheim house advanced final yr has pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor cost of animal cruelty and was positioned on one yr of probation, authorities mentioned Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Albert Frank Abad Jr., 34, agreed to a court docket supply from Orange County Superior Court docket Choose Justin Glenn-Leistikow that diminished the cost from a felony, permitting  Abad Jr. to keep away from jail time, mentioned Kimberly Edds, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

Prosecutors had sought a 30-day jail sentence, she mentioned.

Although judges have the power to scale back crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, Orange County District Lawyer Todd Spitzer disagreed with Glenn-Leistikow’s resolution to decrease the crime, calling it “surprising” that the choose would “train that discretion to offer a break to somebody who clearly has no concern participating in cruelty to a susceptible animal.

“The love of a canine is unconditional and to betray that belief is really disgusting,” Spitzer mentioned.

The choose lessened the cost after reviewing letters in assist of Abad from household and associates.