8 emaciated dogs rescued
El Cajon, CA
February 16, 2006
On February 16th a neighbor called Animal Control Officers to report several ‘skinny dogs’ wandering around Gaerin’s property. When questioned about the dogs, Gaerin replied he ‘liked ‘em lean’.
El Cajon Animal Control Officer
Stalker also stated that a hose dripping into a bucket in the backyard was the only drinking water provided for the dogs. The dogs were so emaciated that Stalker felt there was a very good chance they would die.
The dogs are now in good health and have all had significant weight gains. Their hearing improved as soon as their ears were cleaned.
was scheduled for June 8th before Superior
Gaerin was found guilty of 7 misdemeanor charges of animal abuse, failure to properly care for an animal and failure to obtain a license for a dog over 4 months old. The jury also convicted Gaerin of failing to properly immunize his dogs and illegally operating a kennel, both misdemeanors.
Gaerin was acquitted of 1 count of animal abuse as one dog that was not as thin or malnourished as the other dogs.
judge allowed Gaerin to keep 1 dog while on probation. Judge
Gaerin has been placed on 5 years probation and ordered to pay more than $12,900 in restitution to animal control.
The El Cajon Animal Shelter has five dogs ready for adoption that were taken away from a man accused of animal cruelty. The dogs are German shepherd and Spaniel mixes. They are all between 7 and 8 years old and have been at the shelter for several months.
Officials state that three of the dogs are female, and they are all housebroken.
The dogs have been determined to be ‘best suited for a family with older children’.
One of the females,
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