By Edwin Folven, 1/24/2013
The Los Angeles Police Department has announced that Kevin Hor, 25, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in connection with an incident in October where he injured a pit bull so severely that it had to be euthanized.
On Oct. 1, officers were called to a residence in the 1600 block of Ricardo Street, where they found a two-month-old pit bull named Picasso suffering from injuries to its head. The LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force took over the case, and located witnesses who previously observed Hor abusing the dog on numerous occasions. Witnesses told police that they once saw Hor place a cardboard box over Picasso’s head and step on it. During another incident, when Picasso was cornered into a fence, Hor struck the dog with a pipe, and kicked and punched the dog in the face repeatedly. Additionally, Hor was recorded on video punching and stomping on Picasso.
Picasso suffered two broken ribs and a broken left shin-bone. Animal Services authorities determined he would need to be euthanized. A veterinarian concluded the most likely cause of Picasso’s injuries was trauma to his spinal cord.
In addition to the felony charge of animal cruelty, Hor was charged with a weapons allegation, making the charge a strike under California’s “Three Strikes” policy. Prosecutors are calling for a sentence of more than two years in prison. The City of Los Angeles aggressively investigates and prosecutes acts of animal cruelty. Anyone wishing to report an incident of animal cruelty should call (213)486-0450.