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spcaLA Arrests Owner of J.R. Ewing Guard Dogs, Inc

3 Felony and 9 Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty Charges Filed

» November 14, 2012

Los Angeles,CA – Charles Ferguson, owner and operator of J.R. Ewing Guard Dogs, Inc. et al was arrested today for 3 Felony and 9 Misdemeanor animal cruelty counts as a result of an investigation by spcaLA Humane Officers.


“The public face of this guard dog rental agency – a large mural depicting Ferguson and several healthy, well-fed dogs – belies the treatment of animals unearthed by spcaLA Humane Officers,” said Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. 

spcaLA Humane Officers, lead by Lt. Cesar Perea, Director of Animal Protection Services, found sufficient evidence of animal cruelty to serve a warrant for Ferguson’s arrest on multiple violations of PC 597(b) and PC 597.1(a) – Animal Welfare Provisions of the California Penal Code.

spcaLA worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, Major Case Unit to gather evidence on Ferguson’s treatment of dogs in his care that he used in his business, J.R.. Ewing Guard Dogs, Inc.

If convicted, Ferguson could be sentenced to up to 13.5 (consecutive) years in prison and/or $240,000 in fines. 

For the last 135 years, spcaLA has protected the abused and abandoned animals of the Southland and continues to be the only private animal welfare organization that is also Law Enforcement in Los Angeles.

Humane Officers responded to an anonymous tip from the spcaLA Animal Cruelty Tip Line.  To report animal cruelty, call the spcaLA Animal Cruelty Tip Line at 1-800-540-SPCA (7722) or report online at www.spcaLA.com.

For more information, please contact Miriam Davenport at 323-730-5300 x233, cell 323-353-4658 or mdavenport@spcaLA.com
Since 1877, spcaLA has been the premiere independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California.  There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA.  Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.