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Dog abuse video arrest: Woman pleads no contest to charge of animal cruelty

UPDATE: 3:51 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 – The woman charged with beating and biting her dog in January pleaded no contest to a charge of animal cruelty.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 2:12 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 5:11 PM

UPDATE: 3:51 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2020 – The woman charged with beating and biting her dog in January pleaded no contest to a charge of animal cruelty, according to the Shasta County Superior Court, criminal court clerk.

Xaviera Kayli Ferguson now faces up to two years in the Shasta County Jail and three years’ probation when she is sentenced, according to the county clerk.

The attack on her dog was captured on surveillance video and that’s what led to her arrest. Ferguson entered her plea during a settlement conference averting a trial that was scheduled for next week.

The mastiff puppy named Caballo was surrendered to Redding’s Haven Humane Society.


UPDATE 10:05 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 - The woman arrested for abusing her dog in Redding has waived her right to a preliminary hearing, according to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

Xaviera Kayli Ferguson's jury trial is set to begin on May 17, 2020. Ferguson remains in custody with a bail set at $50,000.


UPDATE 11:07 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 - The Shasta County District Attorney's Office announced the arrest of a woman who was caught on video abusing her dog in Redding.

Xaviera Kayli Ferguson has been arrested for Felony Animal Abuse, according to the DA.

Investigators arrested Ferguson, for her actions towards a mastiff puppy Caballo on Jan. 9 that was captured on video. The DA said they filed a single count alleging a violation of Penal Code section 597(b).

"As a felony, the maximum available sentence for this crime is 3 years. After the passage of AB109, any sentence under this section is to be served in our county jail not state prison," the DA said via Facebook.


UPDATE 9:46 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 - The Shasta County District Attorney said they did not receive the case regarding a woman who was caught on video abusing her dog until Monday, Jan. 13.

The DA said when they received the case, a Deputy District Attorney began reviewing it for filing immediately. They added that additional information has been requested from Haven Humane Animal Regulation Officers that are needed to file. 

Once the information is received by the DA they said they will take appropriate actions based on the evidence, they added that the DA expects to be provided today.

Haven Humane Society provided an update on the dog, who has been in safe hands with them since Friday, Jan. 10.

"He has now been at Haven since last Friday, January 10, and will be with us for a while. While he is here he is receiving love and care from our team and is in very good hands. He was seen at our Veterinary Hospital and is in good health."

The dog is a young male Bull Mastiff, Haven Humane said.

"We are now working with the Shasta County District Attorney's Office to make sure that the woman responsible is punished to the fullest extent within the letter of the law," Haven Humane said.

As this is an ongoing investigation, updates will be limited, Haven Humane said.


UPDATE 2:04 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 - The dog in the video has been found and is in custody with Haven Humane Society. 

Haven Humane Society said that the woman was also found.

Action News Now is working to learn more.


REDDING, Calif. - The search is on for a woman after a Facebook video appears to show her beating her dog.

The woman is seen kicking the dog and it looks like she even bit his ear.

Action News Now learned about the video when it was circulating Facebook from Cristina Rykalski. The caption stated that a lady came to her home on Thursday afternoon asking for directions to Lake Blvd.

"I believed she lost control of her dog because my rooster was loose and thought he went chasing after him," Rykalski said. "I called the police and by the time I checked on her again she was leaving out the gate. Well, I checked my cameras this evening and it turns out this woman was beating and kicking the poor dog."

Haven Humane Animal Regulation Officers in Redding said they tracked her down Friday morning, thanks to a tip. Only to learn she may have skipped town Thursday night and headed to the Bay area.

Below is the full response Haven Human Society posted via Facebook:

"We would like to take a moment to address the story below. Our Animal Regulation officers have been working tirelessly to find this woman and this poor dog. This morning our officers, along with the Redding Police Department, followed up on a tip. Unfortunately, we learned the woman supposedly left the area last night and is heading towards the Bay Area. We will continue to work leads in hopes that the information we were given was incorrect."

It’s believed she still has the dog, according to the Haven Humane Animal Regulation.

Anyone with information about this woman’s whereabouts or the dog's whereabouts, please call Animal Regulations Department at 530-241-2550.

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