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Puppy death plea

A Chico woman who had been living in her RV on a chico street plead no contest to a charge of Felony Cruelty to Animals for her actions leading to the death of two puppies.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 3:49 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2019 3:52 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico woman who had been living in her RV on a chico street plead no contest to a charge of Felony Cruelty to Animals for her actions leading to the death of two puppies.

42-year-old Annabella Jasmine Ray was contacted midday on Aug. 13 when a Chico Police officer contacted Ray near her RV, which had been illegally parked on Orchard Drive in Chico for multiple days.

When the officer asked Ray to move her RV, he noticed her take a rubbish bag and begin to throw something into the trash that turned out to be a dead 5-week-old puppy.

Ray told the officer she had previously left the dog and seven other dogs alone in the RV for over three hours before with no issues.

The officer then observed the seven other dogs inside of the hot RV. The puppies were showing signs of heat exhaustion.

Although the RB was parked in the shade, the temperature was 95 degrees outside and substantially hotter inside the RV. The officer also noted there was no water available to the dogs and the RV had poor ventilation.

Ray was arrested for cruelty to animals and her animals were seized by Chico Police Animal Control Officers.

The puppies were taken to a local veterinary clinic and treated for various health ailments. At the clinic, it was determined that a six-week-old puppy had to be euthanized because of how much it was suffering due to its various symptoms and deteriorating health.

Ray will be back in court on Sep. 12, 2019 to set her sentencing date. She faces felony probation and up to one year in jail. She is currently on felony probation out of Placer County on theft-related offenses.

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