Animal Cruelty

ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE RESULTS IN 2 DAYS IN JAIL FOR UC BERKELEY LAW GRAD (CA Penal Code §597)

When 26-year-old Hazhir Kargaran went on a trip to Las Vegas with a few of his UC Berkeley law school pals, he may never have imagined it landing him in jail.  We’ve all seen movies like “The Hangover,” in which several friends get into strange situations while on vacation in the city that advertises itself as a place where “what happens” there “stays there.”  However, this was not the case for Kargaran, who has been convicted of participating in beheading an exotic bird that lived in the Flamingo Hotel’s wildlife habitat.  He and two of his buddies had evidently been...

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Santa Rosa Dog Owner Loses Appeal in Pet Attack Case (CA Penal Code §399)

Armando Flores of Santa Rosa found himself in a bit of a pickle after a state appeals court upheld his conviction pursuant to CA Penal Code §399 (failure to control a “mischievous” pet by using “ordinary care”).  The original incident occurred in December of 2011, when Flores’s pit bull “Blue” somehow got loose from the chain he was attached to in the owner’s front yard.  A nearly 90-year-old man, Flores’s neighbor, was evidently in his own yard that day with his black lab, which Blue promptly went after.  The elderly man proceeded to hit Blue with his cane, causing the...

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