San Diego resident, Saman Afrouzina, was sentenced today for one count of 597(a) P.C. felony animal abuse for beating his dog, Sasha, a 4-year old Pit Bull Terrier. The San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Officers seized Sasha when a Good Samaritan turned in a video of Afrouzina punching Sasha and lifting her by the ears.
Afrouzina was sentenced to three years probation; he will have to take classes on animal abuse, cannot own an animal for three years and he will have to pay full restitution to the San Diego Humane Society for Sasha’s medical expenses. A hearing will be held in two weeks to determine the restitution amount.
“Often times we rely on the community to help us by reporting suspected abuse or neglect, and this is an instance where a Good Samaritan captured this video footage and called us,” said Randy Lawrence, Director of Humane Law Enforcement for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. “The video was the crucial piece of evidence that led to bringing Afrouzina to justice.”
Upon arriving at the San Diego Humane Society, Sasha was fearful of touch to her ears – a result of the maltreatment that she endured. The San Diego Humane Society’s Behavior & Training team worked with her daily following behavior modification protocol. Today, Sasha has overcome her fears and she is a sweet, loving dog and is currently available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s Central Campus, located at 5500 Gaines Street.
Animal-related concerns can be submitted on the San Diego Humane Society’s website, www.sdhumane.org or by calling (619) 243-3466.
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