Dos Pa­los man con­victed of chok­ing Ger­man Shep­herd

Merced Sun-Star - - Community - BY AN­DREW KUHN akuhn@mer­ced­sun-star.com

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 Nov. 2, 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 news 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. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, 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 “chok­ing” the dog af­ter he lifted the dog’s col­lar up to at least shoul­der height while the dog made a noise, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

Turner is sched­uled to be sen­tenced at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21 in Merced County Su­pe­rior Court.

Dar­ryl Turner

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