[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Tipster Awarded $5K in Lake L.A. Animal Cruelty Case | 01-26-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Cloudy
Cloudy
60°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
April 21
1994 - Valencia Mercedes co-owner Eddie Murray sets MLB record for switch-hit home runs in games (11 times) [story]


[District Attorney] – Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley announced Thursday the most recent $5,000 reward paid by the Humane Society of the United States to an anonymous tipster who led authorities to an Antelope Valley couple deeply immersed in the blood sport of dog fighting.

Guinness, an 11-month-old black-and-white male pit bull mix, attended the morning news conference with his owner, Carissa Cole of Santa Monica. Guinness is one of 14 dogs rescued from the Lake Los Angeles home of convicted dog fighters Jesse and Yvette Jimenez, whose handwritten records included blow-by-blow narratives dating back to the mid 1990s.

“It is my hope that anyone who becomes aware of this criminal activity will use the LA County dog fighting tip line to help put these brutal criminals behind bars,” Cooley said. “Often animal fighting is associated with a subculture of violence, gangs, drugs and gambling. This vile practice will not be tolerated in Los Angeles County.”

Since 2009, HSUS and a private local organization have jointly funded a tip line where callers can report dog fighting 24 hours a day in English and Spanish. District Attorney Cooley expressed his gratitude to both organizations for their financial commitment to keeping the tip line viable.

Better now: Guiness with Carissa Cole of Karma Rescue

The district attorney’s Office and HSUS recognized the tipster with a symbolic check. In keeping with the tip line’s confidentiality policy, however, the caller’s name was not released.

Deputies who executed a search warrant at the home of Jesse and Yvette Jimenez discovered 11 adult pit bulls – all bearing scars or fresh injuries – and three puppies. Among the adult dogs was a female pit bull, believed to have borne several litters, whose teeth had been manually filed down to the pulp for the purpose of breeding her without injury to her partner. Found Animals Foundation coordinated the rescue efforts for the seized dogs.

The criminal investigation of the Jimenez residence additionally revealed drugs with children in the home.

Defendant Jesse Jimenez, 44, is scheduled to surrender to authorities tomorrow to begin serving 365 days of actual time, meaning he must serve the entire duration of his county jail term. Jimenez pleaded no contest on Nov. 30, 2011, to 31 felony counts including dog fighting, willful animal cruelty and animal neglect.

Co-defendant Yvette Jimenez, 42, pleaded no contest to one count of willful animal cruelty and two counts of felony dog fighting on Nov. 30, 2011. She was sentenced to three years of formal probation, completion of an animal cruelty counseling program and restitution. The defendant was ordered released after serving 274 days of actual time in county jail.

“This is yet another case of animal cruelty that warrants state prison but is ineligible due to AB109,” the district attorney said, contrasting Eduardo Jimenez’s one-year county jail term with pre-AB109 dog fighting sentences of up to five years in state prison.

The district attorney made a call to action for the public to call or write state legislators for the purpose of petitioning that animal cruelty cases be added to the list of prison-eligible crimes.

The Jimenez case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Samantha Macdonald and investigated by Deputy Sheriff Robert Ferrell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Rachel Montez-Kemp of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control testified as an expert witness during the preliminary hearing in the case.

Other partner agencies including the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control and Karma Rescue also were present at the news conference.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which boasted the first animal cruelty case coordinator in the country in 2007, is a nationally recognized pioneer of animal cruelty prosecutions and initiatives.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much to the caring person who called in to our tip line to report this case! And thank you also to the Sheriff’s department for their actions!

  2. thats actually guinness with carissa cole.

Related Content
L.A. COUNTY HEADLINES
Monday, Apr 20, 2015
The operation included 44 arrests that ranged from warrant arrests to drug related offenses. Unlicensed drivers and those driving on a suspended license were also part of the 209 citations issued, in addition to the 54 vehicles that were towed.
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015
Nearly 22 percent of our customers have experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention in the past six months while riding Metro buses and trains.
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015
The cleanout of catch basins will occur in various cities and unincorporated communities throughout Los Angeles county, including several areas in Santa Clarita.
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015
Los Angeles County supervisors approved a final map Tuesday for an 8.83-acre subdivision of 76 condominiums off of Copper Hill Drive in Saugus.
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
After 43 years in the public sector, Palmdale City Manager Dave Childs has announced he will retire effective June 18, 2015. He has held the position since April 2012.
Friend Activity

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Prep baseball, softball, volleyball standings.
SCV Sports Report, April 21
The 22nd annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival has come and gone. I thought it was great. It seemed there was a lot more to do and see this year. More shows and more places to see them. Stretching from The VU to Heritage Junction, there was about a half-mile of attractions and entertainment.
Back to Reality
1994 - Valencia Mercedes co-owner Eddie Murray sets MLB record for switch-hit home runs in games (11 times) [story]
AB 1046 would align federal and state reporting requirements for community benefit programs, streamlining paperwork requirements and allowing more resources to be devoted to community partnerships. It would also preserve the ability of hospitals to collaborate with community groups to support programs that target local needs.
Hospitals Seek Law Change to Preserve Programs, Align Paperwork
Working together, the team will develop the scientific and technological innovations necessary to enable a space-based solar power system capable of generating electric power at cost parity with grid-connected fossil fuel power plants.
Caltech, Northrop Grumman Team Up to Develop Space-based Solar Power System
Net income declined by $61,000, or 2 percent, in the first quarter of 2015 relative to the first quarter of 2014, and a higher tax accrual was the ultimate factor in this unfavorable variance.
Sierra Bancorp: Quarterly Net Earnings Dip 2%
Mark your calendars, gather the family, pack a picnic, and make a plan to get to the Rivendale site in Towsley Canyon. The LA SummerFEST is the fastest growing cultural festival in LA County, and this year promises to be great fun, and including new events, new community partners, and the premieres of new work.
L.A. SummerFest at Rivendale Announces 2015 Season
The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival mossied its way back into to town this weekend plus the passenger in a fiery crash over the weeknd has been identified. Click the link to see those stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, April 20, 2015
CSUN’s Associated Students’ video created as part of a campuswide campaign to educate the CSUN community about ways to to combat sexual violence.
CSUN Students Campaign Against Sexual Assault
Attend the LIMS training recruitment on Friday, April 24 to learn how you can take your current job skills and transform them into a career in movie and television production.
Want a Career in TV, Film?
In celebration of National Volunteer week, leaders and staff from Kaiser Permanente’s Panorama City Medical Center and Santa Clarita medical offices worked alongside Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys on Saturday, April 18, to “Team Build” 78 homes for low-income veterans and their families.
Kaiser Employees Help Habitat Build Homes for Heroes
New solicitations have been posted by City of Santa Clarita.
Bid Opportunity: Paint SCV Metrolink Stations
The operation included 44 arrests that ranged from warrant arrests to drug related offenses. Unlicensed drivers and those driving on a suspended license were also part of the 209 citations issued, in addition to the 54 vehicles that were towed.
44 Arrested, 54 Towed in Street Racing Bust in South L.A.
Valencia resident John Chernesky has been appointed to the role of vice president, North America Sales for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line, effective June 1.
Chernesky Named VP of North American Sales for Princess, Cunard
Matthew Morris arrived at College of the Canyons in 2004 as a wide receiver on the football team. Eleven years later, the former COC Cougar is on the verge of a career breakthrough as the founder of the Morris Law Practice.
Ex-COC Wide Receiver Opens Law Practice
Santa Clarita residents are invited to attend tapings over the next 10 weeks of "Beyond A.D.," a half-hour companion series to NBC's "A.D: The Bible Continues."
Public Invited to NBC’s ‘Beyond A.D.’ Tapings at Local Church
Acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer John Singleton will help shine the spotlight next month on Hollywood’s next generation of movie makers as California State University, Northridge celebrates its 25th annual “Senior Film Showcase” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
May 4: CSUN Student Films Featured at Academy Theater
Somebody broke into a business and stole $15,000 worth of high-end paintball guns and associated equipment. Do you recognize this person?
Do You Know This Guy? Wanted for Questioning in Paintball Theft
Roughly half of the rabid bats identified in Los Angeles County over the past five years have been found in the SCV, even though the SCV sports less than 3 percent of the county's human population.
SCV Takes Early Lead in Rabid Bats
Michelle, your role as first lady is to be an ambassador for America, not a slug for America. Your husband is already getting paid more than he’s worth. Have him give you some of his money.
Paid Volunteer?
An 18-year-old Utah man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of spreading a Santa Clarita Valley street gang's graffiti “from the west side to the east side of St. George (Utah),” according to a police sergeant quoted in the St. George News.
SCV Gang Tag Shows Up in Utah; Suspect Arrested
Cemex still needs to pursue and obtain entitlements from local, regional and state agencies, which could weigh on the outcome — or at least force Cemex to re-perform some aspects of the studies with an eye toward current environmental circumstances and standards. We hope this precipitates a renewed discussion among the public, who would be significantly affected by the mega-mine next door. We hope the community becomes increasingly aware of the fact that the mine is, by no means, a done deal.
Cemex Game Changer
Investigators are still looking into the fatal crash that left two men dead after their Corvette slammed into a tree and ignited a small fire Saturday morning.
Porter Ranch Man, 69, ID’d as One of 2 Killed in Crash
Caltrans plans to implement closures April 20-25, 2015, for striping and signage work. Closures are subject to change.
April 20-25: Overnight Lane Striping in Newhall Pass