Two men sentenced for killing dogs

Angel Valencia and Carlos Rivera plead guilty to all charges, sentenced to six months in custody

VISALIA – Two dog killers were sentenced to six months in custody, community service and were ordered to not own any dogs or pets. One of which was ordered to enroll in anger management. A sentence that the Tulare County District Attorney’s office says is not enough.

Last week it was announced that Angel Valencia, 53, and Carlos Rivera, 21 were sentenced on Sept. 24 for their crimes in October 2018. According to the DA’s office in the late afternoon of Oct. 17, 2018, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in Orosi regarding the deaths of two dogs, a German Shepard and an Alaskan Husky. While the deputies spoke to the owner of the dogs, Valencia approached and was observed to have blood on his legs and shorts. Deputies detained him and continued their investigation.

Based on witness accounts, evidence found at the scene and statements made by the defendants, both dogs were hung by their necks from a tree. In addition to being hanged, the Husky was beaten with a large stick and the German Shepard’s throat was cut with shears. Valencia and Rivera maintained they killed the dogs because they had allegedly killed several of their pigs.

Both men were charged with four felony counts of cruelty to an animal with the special allegations of use of a deadly weapon. Each is considered a strike and they pleaded guilty to all charged on Aug. 12 of this year.

The DA’s office stated that they argued for a lengthier sentence.

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