OC investigates cruelty complaint in deer killing

Nov 16, 2014 12:50 PM by News Staff

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating a complaint that animal care officers cruelly slit the throat of a buck found with its leg impaled on a fence in the upscale Anaheim Hills neighborhood.

The four-point buck was allegedly allowed to bleed to death without anesthesia.

The Orange County Register reports that veterinarian Kathleen Johnson reported the animal cruelty alleging intentional and malicious slaughtering of the male deer on Sept. 29.

OC Animal Care director Ryan Drabek says Officer David Serrato and Sgt. Juan Orozco are on paid leave while the agency investigates.

The district attorney's office has so far concluded the action wasn't criminal.

Johnson says she called 911 after finding the buck shrieking in pain, but was forced to stand aside as officers cruelly killed it.

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