Isabel Fleming (DOB 04-27-56) pled no contest yesterday to one misdemeanor count of Penal Code 597(b), animal cruelty, for her part in the neglect of Fred, a three-year-old Pit Bull mix in her care. The charges are the result of an investigation by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). Fleming was sentenced to 36 months summary probation; 3 years prohibition from owning any animals; search and seizure conditions; and 24 animal cruelty classes (or counseling alternative).
On February 3, 2017, spcaLA responded to a report alleging animal neglect at a South Los Angeles home on East 52nd Street. The Humane Officer found Fred, a male Pit Bull mix dog in a weakened and emaciated state. The officer was certain that prompt action was required for Fred’s health and safety, and Fred was immediately taken into protective custody. Upon intake by spcaLA, Fred weighed just 32.1 pounds and suffered from a host of life-threatening issues consistent with what the doctor described as “severe and chronic starvation.”
“We’d love to see a harsher sentence for this degree of neglect and abuse, but we are jubilant to know that we’ve changed Fred’s life forever,” said Madeline Bernstein, President spcaLA.
It took eight months of intense care by spcaLA Veterinary and Training staff to bring Fred from the brink of death and rehabilitate him into a healthy, well-adjusted adoptable dog. On April 25, 2018, about thirteen months after his rescue, Fred was adopted. He is now living his absolute best life in Northern California where he is loved, cherished, and well cared for by his new family.
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. 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 x3233.