Los Angeles, CA – Convicted felony animal cruelty offender, Charles Ferguson (01/17/61), pled guilty to a probation violation today and was sentenced to 3 years in jail in Los Angeles Superior Court, Department L, the Honorable Judge Michael Shultz presiding (TA125709). Ferguson was convicted of 4 felony and 4 misdemeanor animal cruelty counts in September 2013 as a result of a spcaLA animal cruelty investigation into Ferguson’s guard dog business.
Ferguson’s September 2013 sentence included probation, conditions of which specify he is not to own, possess, or maintain dogs. In April of this year, spcaLA Animal Cruelty Investigations was alerted that Ferguson had resumed his guard dog business. spcaLA then launched an investigation and began surveillance on Ferguson which confirmed the violation of probation. According to sentencing today, Ferguson will serve 1 year in county jail and will serve the remainder of his sentence on mandatory supervision for 2 years.
In November of 2012, spcaLA investigators discovered the decaying bodies of deceased dogs inside the compartments of Ferguson’s transport trucks at Ferguson’s Gardena property. A subsequent interagency investigation unearthed evidence of horrible mistreatment and agonizing deaths of his working dogs. These findings and others resulted in Ferguson’s arrest and ultimate conviction.
spcaLA is the only private animal welfare organization that is also Law Enforcement in the city of Los Angeles. spcaLA Humane Officers hold the same powers of Peace Officers in the state of California.