Possible Four-Year Prison Sentence for Threatening Neighbor, Stabbing a Meandering Pomeranian Pooch
Pomeranian (not the one injured)
LOS ANGELES — The District Attorney’s Office of Los Angeles County announced yesterday that Elmer Realegeno (29) of North Hollywood has been charged with stabbing a dog. The 8-year-old Pomeranian was strolling in the direction of the suspect who was outside a North Hollywood apartment building.
Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr said Realegeno is also charged with threatening the life of a neighbor on October 14th. The prosecutor added, “As police arrived on the scene to investigate the criminal threats, the defendant allegedly stabbed another neighbor’s dog as it walked in his direction.”
Case LA087019 includes an allegation that Realegeno personally used a knife as a deadly and dangerous weapon.
The Pomeranian pooch underwent surgery and survived the injuries. Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr said Elmer Realegeno was charged yesterday with one felony count each of cruelty to an animal and criminal threats.
The defendant pleaded not guilty yesterday to the charges and is scheduled to return on November 1 in Department 112 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
If convicted as charged, Realegeno faces a possible maximum sentence of more than four years in state prison.