LANCASTER (CNS) — An ex-con who had a dozen starving Chihuahuas at his property in the Antelope Valley was sentenced Thursday to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to animal cruelty and other counts.
Ignacio Jesus Adame, 43, entered his plea to three counts each of cruelty to an animal and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with one count of making criminal threats, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Adame threatened to shoot water company employees who went to his property on Nov. 21 to disconnect the meter, resulting in his arrest.
Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at the home in Neenach as a result of the threat and discovered 12 starving dogs, 23 firearms, large-capacity magazines and thousands of rounds of ammunition, according to Deputy District Attorney Amarilla Blondia.
The dogs were seized by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, nursed back to health and were eventually adopted.