LOS ANGELES – A man and woman pleaded no contest to failure to care for an animal after seven dogs and two birds were discovered neglected on their property. One of the dogs was a Pit bull mix who was pregnant with 15 puppies. Authorities received the anonymous report regarding animal neglect at the two business sites. The animals were found in various stages of neglect, including some with body sores and malnourishment.
Martha Salmeron, 35, and Pedro Espana Cruz, 54, gave the plea on Thursday, November 3, 2016, and were sentenced to three years of probation. In addition to the probation, both were ordered to attend animal cruelty classes and can not own, possess, reside with, or care for any animal for five years. Salmeron, the owner of the two businesses and Cruz, her employee, are scheduled to appear at the Los Angeles Superior Court on December 5, 2016, to show proof of enrollment into animal cruelty classes and to address restitution payments, which include boarding costs for seven dogs and two birds.
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