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Today, after a year-long investigation and court case, DC resident Rashad Friday pled guilty to one count of cruelty to animals following an investigation and prosecution by Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) officers.
“This case is a testament to the tireless work of our HLE officers to protect the animals of our city,” said HRA’s Vice President of Field Services Chris Schindler. “It has been a very long road with these animals and many people have put a lot of time and effort into these four dogs over the past year and a half.”
In September 2016, HRA received two calls alleging that a black and white bull dog-type dog was seen in the front of 1110 Trinidad Avenue NE. The dog was reported to be underweight with their ribs, backbone, and hips visible. HLE officers conducted an investigation over the next five days into the whereabouts of the dog described. Residents at the address were uncooperative in the investigation, which required officers to obtain a D.C. Superior Court emergency search warrant. The warrant was executed the night of September 30, 2016 to look for and recover any malnourished animals.
During the execution of the search warrant at 1110 Trinidad Avenue, four American Bulldog-type dogs were recovered from the address. All four dogs were underweight and smelled of urine, showing signs of chronic neglect in unsanitary living conditions. The dogs were suffering from infected pressure sores and had discolored fur consistent with fecal/urine staining and scald (a result of prolonged exposure of the skin/fur to urine and/or feces). The adult female dog of the group had an approximately three-inch laceration to her ear which was swollen, infected, and had a strong odor to it.
Friday, who does not live at the address but keeps the dogs at the location, arrived at the address during the search warrant and had no explanation for the poor condition of the dogs.
After finishing the execution of the search warrant, all four dogs were immediately transported to Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral and Emergency (DCVR) for the documentation and treatment of their conditions by a veterinarian. All four dogs received the poorest possible scores for body condition from the veterinarian.
A warrant for Friday’s arrest was issued in December 2016 and today, before Superior Court Judge Patricia Broderick, Friday pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals due to his failure to provide proper space, food, and veterinary care.
After being convicted, Friday was sentenced to 180 days of confinement (suspended), $5,000 in restitution, $100 to be payed to the Crimes Victims Compensation Fund, and five years of supervised probation. Friday must also complete Responsible Pet Ownership class and cannot own an animal or be involved with any business dealing with animals for five years.
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