Antioch man guilty of animal cruelty after dog attacks calves


An Antioch man was found guilty Wednesday of three misdemeanors: animal cruelty, vandalism and resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney.

Vinicio Santos and his dog were at the Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch on Dec. 1, 2017. Park rangers noticed the dog was off-leash and later heard animals “in distress,” according to prosecutors.

When the rangers saw Santos again, they saw his dog, a white Husky mix, attack three calves.

Rangers repeatedly told Santos to leash his dog but Santos ignored their requests. The three calves were left permanently injured.

Santos faces a sentence of up to three years in county jail.

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