|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|Eric James Fowler, 40||kicking & stomping on a dog||
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County
|March 5, 2014|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
1995 arrested for burglary
|1 white pitbull mix dog||Convicted||
A Los Angeles man accused of beating his dog pleaded not guilty Friday to one felony count of cruelty to an animal.
Eric James Fowler, 40, was arrested on March 5th after sheriff's deputies allegedly observed him kicking and stomping on a white object, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
As the deputies got closer to Fowler, prosecutors said they realized the white object was a dog.
The deputies intervened and ordered Fowler to stop beating the dog, the release stated. The dog laid motionless for several minutes before regaining consciousness, according to prosecutors.
Fowler was arrested and the dog was taken to a shelter for medical treatment. Fowler was being held on $120,000 and was due back in court March 20th.
He had a previous conviction in 1995 for robbery.
If convicted as charged in this case, Fowler faced a maximum sentence of 6 years in state prison.
Fowler pleaded no contest to a felony animal cruelty charge.
The abused dog was taken to an area shelter for care and he is still waiting to be adopted.
Fowler is expected to be sentenced for his crime on June 18th - he is expected to be sentenced to 1 year in jail and 3 years of probation.