On Aug. 28, a surveillance camera recorded images of a man hurling a 6-month-old black-and-white pitbull mix onto the grounds of a commercial property on the 1100 block of D Street in Ramona, according to Deputy District Attorney Bradon Owens.
The man was later identified as 20-year-old Gary Sartor of Ramona.
“The evidence will show that earlier this year the defendant took responsibility of a pitbull puppy," Owens said. "After taking responsibility, he decided he needed to get rid of the puppy."
The dog was not injured and was eventually adopted.
If found guilty of animal cruelty, Sartor could face up to one year in jail, a $10,000 fine or both. If he is charged for animal abandonment, he could get up to six months months in jail, a $10,000 fine or both.
A judge released Sartor on his own recognizance under the condition he not possess any animals or pets.
A jury trial is set to begin Dec. 11.