Man Accused Of Sex With Dog In San Pedro Faces 9 years in prison

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UPDATE 04/12/2013Christopher Caceres, 22, is charged with felony animal cruelty, burglary and misdemeanor sexual assault of an animal. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to prosecutors. Caceres is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

News Link-http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-pedro-dog-sex-charges-20131204,0,966982.story#axzz2mWlJ7D5s

The mother of a 22-year-old San Pedro, Calif., man who is at the center of a sordid case of bestiality, has apologized to the owners of the victimized dog, reported Thursday’s Press-Telegram.

Lisa Caceres, mother of the accused man, Christopher Alexander Caceres, stated:

Our prayers are with our son,”

My husband and I had no idea. We already spoke to the people and told them the same thing. He needs help, and we are sorry about what happened.”

Caceres, who remains behind bars, has pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault of an 80-pound Akita.

On Nov. 10, after viewing surveillance footage of the sexual assault, the dog’s owner went to the police.

The victimized dog’s owner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, installed security cameras on his property because he feared that his house was being targeted by a prowler; the man had heard his dog “shriek,” during the night, on two separate occasions.

Prior to viewing the recorded video, which showed a two-plus hour long encounter, the man had no idea that his dog was being forced to engage in sexual activity with Caceres.

Caceres’ mother has elected not to watch the video which implicates her son.

She has stated:

We are very upset about it just like everybody else,

At this time, we are doing the best we can. Eventually things will calm down and be OK again. We are hoping for the best for everybody involved.”

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/mother-of-accused-dog-rapist-speaks-out?cid=taboola_inbound

Prior story on this disturbing case here.

A 22-year-old San Pedro, Calif., man is facing multiple charges after a neighbor’s surveillance cameras caught him engaging in sordid, sexual activity with a dog, reported Tuesday’s Press-Telegram.

Christopher Alexander Caceres is accused of sexually assaulting an 80-pound Akita; according to footage captured by the dog owner’s surveillance camera, the attack went on for two agonizing hours.

The dog’s owner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told The Press-Telegram:

It was unimaginable to me,

For it to go on that long was heart-wrenching.”

He added:

It’s inhumane. I don’t even know what to say about it,”

He is apparently just a real sicko.”

The dog’s owner had installed security cameras because he feared that his house was being targeted by a prowler. The dog’s owner had heard his dog “shriek” during the night, and he has also found fur from the dog scattered in his yard.

After viewing the security camera footage, the man witnessed the suspect feeding something to his dog, believed to be a drug of some sort, and then, after approximately 15 minutes, the lengthy sexual attack began.

The police were notified on Nov. 10, after the dog’s owner viewed the surveillance footage.

Caceres, who is reported to be a grandson of one of the dog owner’s neighbors, pleaded not guilty to charges, including burglary and bestiality; he has been ordered to come back to court on Nov. 25.

The victimized dog has been seen, and treated, by a veterinarian.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/man-arrested-for-allegedly-raping-neighbor-s-dog

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Mahopac Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Killing Canada Goose

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MAHOPAC — A Mahopac man who shot and killed a Canada goose near Lake Ossi faces an animal-cruelty charge, police said.

Putnam County SPCA officers were dispatched to the Lake Ossi neighborhood Monday after a resident reported seeing a man shooting a Canada goose and leaving its body near the shore, police said.

SPCA officers responded with state Department of Environmental Conservation police and spoke with the man, who was seen walking away from the lake.

They determined that Gregory Stefkovic, 44, of Mahopac had shot and killed the goose with a .177 caliber air rifle. Stefkovic explained that he shot the goose because the birds left too much feces by the lake, making it unsafe for children to play there.

SPCA police charged him with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, while DEC police issued several summons for hunting violations, police said.

Stefkovic is due in Carmel Town Court on June 11.

News Link:http://www.lohud.com/article/20130514/NEWS/305140071/Mahopac-man-charged-animal-cruelty-after-killing-Canada-goose?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CNews&nclick_check=1

Pastor’s Animal Cruelty Trial Draws A Crowd

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The misdemeanor trial of a pastor charged with animal cruelty in the death of a cat drew a crowd of 25 onlookers Monday, overshadowing the Bastrop County commissioners meeting next door.

The defendant, 56-year-old Rick Bartlett, the former pastor of Bastrop Christian Church, was the chaplain for the Bastrop Police Department at the time the cat died. The crowd in the courtroom

Rick Bartlett

included Sarah and Eddie Bellowners of Moody, the dead cat — who are suing Bartlett for damages, and Sheila Smith who heads Shadow Cats, a Central Texas nonprofit cat rescue.

Bartlett, who had complained of strays in his neighborhood, trapped the cat and took it to the police department Jan. 17, 2012. Animal control officer Susan Keys pointed out that the cat had tags with the address and phone number for its owners, and offered to return it to them, an arrest affidavit says.

But Bartlett convinced Keys to allow him to return the cat. According to the affidavit, after Bartlett drove away Moody either fell or jumped out of the cage because the cage door had been left open.

Moody was found, badly injured, under the tall bridge over the Colorado River near downtown. Prosecutors allege Bartlett, who last had custody of Moody, was careless and charged him with animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor.

Bartlett had nothing to do with the cat’s death, his attorney said. A five-man, one-woman jury is deciding the case this week.

Keys, who no longer works with animal control, was one of the first witnesses. She testified that while she has no personal knowledge of how the cat ended up on a walking path in the park with serious injuries, she had last seen it with Bartlett, and she became suspicious of his story when questioning him two days later.

A former Bastrop pastor is on trial for animal cruelty in connection with the death of Moody, the cat.

“I trusted him to do that,” said Keys of allowing Bartlett to return the cat to its owners. Keys later went to the park in response to an injured animal call, and took the cat to a veterinarian’s office, where it died.

Keys testified she called Bartlett on Jan. 19 to ask if he knew what happened. “I asked him if he let the cat out of the trap. He said, ‘no.’ He said he went back to the church and it was ‘just gone.’

Keys said she turned the case over to police. “I became suspicious about him being honest,” she said. Under questioning by county prosecutor James Rhodes, Keys also said she learned that Bartlett changed his story when talking to police. “I did hear that,” she said. Defense attorney Chris Dillon objected to the statement as hearsay.

In his opening statement to the jury, Dillon said the cat was fine when Bartlett last saw it. “Rick came back to the church and parked in the shade to protect the cat. At about 1 p.m., he let the cat out of the cage. Three-and-a-half hours later the cat was found,” he said.

Testimony resumes Thursday morning. Dillon said Monday he had not decided whether Bartlett will take the stand.

News Link:http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/pastors-animal-cruelty-trial-draws-a-crowd/nXqXQ/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch

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