Dos Palos man convicted of choking German shepherd
A Merced County Jury has convicted a Dos Palos man of animal cruelty and battery, according to the Merced County District Attorney.
Darryl Turner, 31, of Dos Palos was convicted on Friday by a Merced County jury of one count of animal cruelty and one count of battery against his mother, according to a Merced County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Turner also pleaded no contest to resisting arrest before the trial began, according to the release.
Authorities say that between May 6 and 7, Merced County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Dos Palos resident twice for reports alleging Turner had assaulted a German shepherd. Authorities learned that Turner allegedly assaulted his mother, sister and his sister’s German shepherd named Zeus, when he became belligerent following a birthday party, according to the news release.
Authorities say Turner’s mother told them: “He held the dog up by the dog’s collar and shook the dog from left to right.”
In a 911 call, Turner’s mother described the defendant as lifting the dog’s collar up to at least shoulder height.
Turner is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 21.