Justice for Indie

Suspect Arrested in Animal Cruelty Case

Los Angeles, CA  — Today, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) with assistance from Los Angeles Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Eljin Jermaul Holt (DOB: 08/30/1991). Holt is being charged with one felony count Penal Code 597(b), animal cruelty, at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (Court Case #BA458129) for inflicting abuse on Indie, an approximately 4-month-old Doberman puppy in his care. The charges are the result of an investigation by spcaLA Humane Officers. The case will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Indie, free from his abuser in the care of spcaLA

In December 2016, spcaLA Humane Officers responded to an animal cruelty tip on the 5700 block of W. Centinela Ave in Los Angeles, CA. Upon investigation, officers discovered an eye witness who saw Holt dragging Indie on concrete using a leash, causing Indie to bleed from his nails. Holt was also seen yanking Indie with the leash causing Indie to flip into the air. Witnesses reported hearing Indie yelping and crying loudly within Holt’s apartment. In addition to eye witness accounts, some had recorded the abuse of Indie with their cell phones. Personal videos along with the apartment building’s surveillance camera footage presented a case for animal cruelty: Indie was seized for his protection and is in the care of spcaLA.

“Whether one incident of animal cruelty or one hundred, spcaLA believes all animals deserve equal protection under the law,” said spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein. “Violence begets violence; preventing cruelty to animals benefits all living beings in our community.”

spcaLA is the only private animal welfare organization in Los Angeles that is also Law Enforcement. spcaLA Humane Officers hold the same powers of Peace Officers in the state of California when investigating animal cruelty. Established in 1877, spcaLA is a non-profit agency that relies on donations for its programs and services, including animal cruelty investigations. To donate, please visit spcaLA.com or call 323-730-5300 x233.