In Long Beach, California, the ex-boyfriend of a mother and her ten-year-old brother with special needs, will be going to prison. Jose Herrera, 24, was sentenced on Wednesday to nearly four years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony animal cruelty for throwing a child’s assistant dog off the balcony. According to MyNewsLA, Herrera is also banned from owning, living with or caring for any animal for ten years.
Herrera had been living with his ex-girlfriend in a home she shared with her mother and her ten-year-old “special needs” brother when on May 7, Herrera picked up the child’s one-year-old Chihuahua trained to be his assistant dog, and hurled it off the balcony. The dog named Pearl suffered a severe eye injury and needed medical care the family was not able to afford.
The dog is now in the care of Long Beach Animal Care Services, and is recovering from her injuries.
Herrera was convicted in 2015 of second degree robbery.
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