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Alleged puppy killer awaits arraignment

Assistant fire chief faces animal cruelty, deadly weapon charges

Posted: December 22, 2008 9:06 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2008 4:30 a.m.

L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief Glynn Johnson faces up to four years in prison for allegedly beating a neighbors's puppy to death with a 12-pound rock.

Johnson will be arraigned in a Riverside County court Jan. 13 on felony animal cruelty charges, said Michael Jeandron, Riverside County District Attorney's Office spokesman.

Felony animal cruelty carries up to three years in state prison, Jeandron said. However, the D.A. added an allegation of using a deadly weapon to the charge, he said.

"That increased the potential jail time to four years if convicted," Jeandron said.

The deadly weapon was the rock, he said.

Neighbors called the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Perris Station on Nov. 3. and reported a man beating a dog with a stone in the 17000 block of Armintrout Drive in Woodcrest, according to a sheriff's department statement.

A witness told deputies he was returning the lost puppy that belonged to a neighbor when Johnson, also a neighbor, allegedly offered to return the dog.

After turning the dog over to Johnson, the witness alleges Johnson beat the dog with his hands and struck it with a rock.

Johnson said the dog attacked him at his Riverside County home and he struck it in self defense.

He immediately reported the incident to his superiors, an L.A. County Fire Department statement said.
The injured dog was taken by its owners to veterinarian who euthanized the dog.

Los Angeles County fire officials placed the assistant chief on administrative leave without pay.

The L.A. County Fire Department statement didn't indicate how long Johnson will remain on administrative leave and a spokeswomen declined further comment.


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