February 26, 2010
A 10-week old chocolate Labrador retriever named Coco that was pinned down and choked by its owner has died.
“We are sad to announce that Coco went into cardiac arrest early this morning and could not be saved,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the Department of Animal Services. “Despite the heroic efforts of the veterinary staff and around-the-clock care, the injuries were too severe for this puppy to survive,” stated Danielson.
County Animal Control Officers arrested 50-year-old David Hale Warner Wednesday after he admitted choking his puppy and pinning it down to teach it a lesson. Warner had taken the puppy to an emergency veterinary clinic the previous evening, and hospital staff found that the puppy could not walk, had difficulty breathing and red-tinged saliva, and its gums were blue. The veterinary staff notified the Department of Animal Services regarding the alleged abuse.
Warner is scheduled for arraignment today in Superior Court, Department 12 at 1:30 pm on felony animal cruelty charges, punishable by imprisonment in state prison, or by a fine of not more than $20,000, or by both the fine and imprisonment.
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