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Ms. Deborah Knaan, Esq.
Los Angeles District Attorney Headquarters

Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple St.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90012-3210
ph: 213-974-3512; fax: 213-974-1484
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*NOTE: Deputy District Attorney Deborah Knaan supervises the prosecution of all animal cruelty and neglect cases in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. So far, authorities are withholding the name of the woman charged with dragging her pit bull behind her truck.

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Dear Deputy District Attorney Knaan,

Please seek the maximum punishment allowed by law for a Norfolk, California woman accused of dragging her pit bull, Prada, behind her pick-up truck on December 4, 2008.

Apparently, she'd loaded the one-year-old dog with mange into her truck bed — a prohibited form of transport in California — to relinquish him at Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) in Downey for euthanasia.

Mange is entirely curable and perhaps Prada sensed her fate when she jumped from the moving vehicle. In any case, the 25-year-old woman, charged with illegally transporting a dog and felony animal cruelty, kept driving.

She didn't slow down, even as a driver behind her saw the leashed dog thrash and scream against the pavement for blocks. The horrified witness trailed her into the SEAACA parking lot where animal control officers quickly intervened to save the bloody, unconscious dog.

Capt. Aaron Reyes, SEAACA director of operations, stated "Prada lost consciousness from pain or being choked by the collar."

I understand the woman has been served notice to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court in March. I urge the District Attorney's Office to seek restitution for Prada's veterinary bills, along with jail time for animal cruelty, a felony, and loose transport in an open truck bed, a misdemeanor.

If convicted, please ensure Prada's abuser undergoes psychological counseling and is barred from possessing or living with animals.

Mental health professionals and criminologists view animal abuse as an overt clue to antisocial behavior. They describe the intensity of violent behavior (regardless of the victim's identity) as a precursor to future violence. Animal cruelty is a key trait in the American Psychiatric Association's profile for conduct disorders and the FBI identifies animal abuse as an early stage along the violence continuum.

Thank you for recognizing the gravity of this crime and prosecuting Prada's abuser to the fullest degree.

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•  Pit Bull Dragged Behind Truck For Several Blocks
•  Dog dragging charged: CRIME: Owner cited.
•  Update on Pit Bull Dragged Behind Truck
•  Jim Willis


Update on Pit Bull Dragged Behind Truck: The young female pit bull dragged behind a pickup truck into SEAACA's parking lot on December 4 is recovering from her injuries... When she's ready, her new forever home will be carefully chosen. In celebration of the new life before her, SEAACA staff has given the year-old dog formerly called Prada a fresh, more fitting name: Bluebell.
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