Man pleads not guilty to throwing away puppy

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EL CAJON, Calif. - A man accused of throwing away a puppy in East County last summer pleaded not guilty to charges of animal cruelty and abandonment Thursday.

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.

5 comments

  • Etime Soy

    Can’t a person leave a human baby at Fire Station, Police Station or hospital anonymously and “get rid of it”? Without reproach? Hope he gets some time to thing his ways over.

  • WOW

    Probably has a “insanity plea”. I hope he reads this………You are a piece of $hit Gary Sartor I think along with your one year sentence (if you get it) they should throw you in a dumpster twice a day every and when your out on probation as well. You can’t man up to plead guilty even though the evidence is against and on video. Gary Sartor, you are little boy who needs an a$$ whooping!!!!!

  • WOW

    Gary Sartor should be administratively discharged from the Marine Corps because he lacks honesty, integrity, and the Marines Corps “Core Values”. Being 20 years old I know he hasn’t seen combat so PTSD is not an issue with you. Be a man and grow up.

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