Ventura man ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution for abusing friend’s dog

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A Ventura County man has been ordered to pay $22,461 in restitution for serious injuries inflicted on an eight-month-old Chihuahua. Spencer Whitewood, 21, was sentenced on Thursday, after having been convicted in March of animal cruelty in connection with the incident of harming his roommate’s puppy. District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that Superior Court Judge Charles W. Campbell ordered Whitewood to pay restitution after he was convicted for a felony violation of Penal Code section 597(a), Cruelty to an Animal.

According to the Citizen’s Journal, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office recounted the disturbing incident which occurred in November 2015. Prosecutors stated Whitewood admitted kicking the defenseless puppy named Mayble, in the head while he had been alone with the dog. Whitewood told authorities the dog had tried to bite him.

Whitewood then abandoned the dog on the side of road – later telling his roommate the puppy ran away. When Mayble was found, she had a severely injured right eye and brain trauma. The dog’s owner contacted police and told authorities the puppy had previously been abused while Whitewood had been in the home.

In addition to the demand retribution payment, Whitewood had previously been sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years of felony probation and is barred from owning any animals. The amount of restitution was determined after hearing testimony regarding Mayble’s necessary medical treatment and the extent of her condition.

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17 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    If the dog “had previously been abused while Whitewood had been in the home” why on earth did he leave the dog alone with this monster in the first place! $22,461 is the least this POS should pay!

    • linda says:

      Perhaps the “had previously been abused while Whitewood had been in the home” was commented after the dog was found indicating the friend had admitted to kicking the dog.

      • Barkley's Mom says:

        Per Citizen’s Journal article “The owner then contacted the Ventura Police Department and informed them that Mayble had previously suffered mysterious injuries in the past after being left home alone with Whitewood”. Again why would you leave your pet with someone if the dog was suffering “mysterious injuries” while alone with the POS? .

      • linda says:

        Barkley’s Mom thank you for pointing that out to me. Sorry I was short sighted, but, yes why would they do that knowing the POS’s history of abusing their dog.

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    180 days in jail is a joke – this knuckle dragging imbecile should be sitting in prison for the next 10 years – he abused this puppy more than once and the idiot owner should be sitting right next to him in jail – if the authorities think this restitution will ever be paid they are fooling themselves – it will never happen. Mayble deserves MUCH better than a lousy 180 days in jail for the suffering she was forced to endure.

  3. Gizmos Mommy says:

    The scum sucking, rabid maggot puke savage is a detriment to society and I hope ‘it” is ostracized for the rest of its existence.

  4. Cynthia Como says:

    Ok,why didn’t Mayble’s owner IMMEDIATELY evict this abusing POS? After the first incident I certainly wouldn’t of left dog alone again with this asswipe! Too bad this cruel abuser didn’t get 3-5 years along with the probation and restitution! I hope little Mayble is doing better and will make a good recovery,poor little dog!!

  5. Jill kurth says:

    This selfish . Evil. Nacissitic POS deserves all of this and more!! So happy he will pay$20 grand for what he did!!

  6. Sherry says:

    I read an earlier article about this; and there was one incident (plenty enough!) however, When reporting to the police it was after the fact , So the owner just worded it as “previously”. Six months in jail is a joke and does not send out a strong message to animal abusers that their repulsive behavior will not be tolerated. He needs to get more comfortable behind bars, like ten years at least. But I am smiling that at least this judge is not going to ever allow this mutant to own any animals so some poor animal is spared of this creep. Most enjoyably, he is socking this armpit in his wallet to the tune of 20 grand. Now the joke is on the defendant. hehee. That is only fair, that he should have to pay all of her medical bills, but it’s a rarity to see a judge order that. If it was up to me, I’d add on punitive damages as well… but it’s about time a judge granted fair restitution. The fines for this are usually minimal…so I see that part of this as a step in the right direction. However, we have a long long way to go to really protect animals against their evil abusers. But I’m loving the 20 grand. Hope Mable is healing well. Talk about your worst nightmare of a “roommate” or dog sitter”. good lord. Can’t trust anyone.


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