In Angels Camp, California, the owner of a pet boarding facility has been arrested in connection with illegally ordering three dogs to be killed while they were at her pet care facility. A man who had previously been boarding his dogs at a facility in Valley Springs, after losing his home in the Butte Fire situation, had been visiting his dogs regularly for over a year. In the middle of June, he was told he would have to find another place to board his dogs, as they were reportedly showing signs of aggression as a result of kennel stress.
According to Fox News, the man moved his dogs to the Pet Bath House on June 21 and paid for his dogs’ care in advance. One week later, the owner of the pet facility, Vonna Hughes, 68, contacted the man telling him his dogs escaped from their pens and got into a dog fight with another dog at the facility. Hughes told the man to pay for the veterinarian bills for the dogs, and he obliged.
On July 1, Hughes contacted the owner stating his dogs were involved in another fight – this time causing injuries to other dogs. The following day Hughes informed the owners she ordered his dogs euthanized because of their aggressive behavior, and indicated the Angels Camp Police Department had been involved in the decision to kill the dogs. The police, however were never notified, and it wasn’t until July 4 when the dogs’ owner called the police did they know anything about the case.
An investigation followed and confirmed Hughes gave false information to the Calaveras County Animal Services, lied to police that the dogs had been turned loose and a follow-up story that the dogs had been returned to their owner. Police also discovered the dogs had been turned over to Patti Guy, 60, and was told to “take care” of the dogs. Guy remains under investigation.
Hughes was arrested on July 8 and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty, animal neglect, animal theft and conspiracy. The dogs have not been found and detectives fear they are dead.
(Photo via Angels Camp Police Department)
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