Mar 29, 2021

Lawndale Man Arrested for Felony Animal Cruelty

Bow ready for adoption
Bow ready for adoption

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Angeles, CADarion K. Hackett (DOB 7-7-1991) was brought into custody and charged with two felony counts of Penal Code 597(a) animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of Penal Code 597.1, permitting injured animals to go without veterinary care, for his alleged abuse and neglect of Bow, an 11 month old female Calico cat. The arrest is the result of a case investigated by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). Hackett was taken into custody and booked by the Los Angeles Police Department Gang and Narcotics Division, Fugitive Warrant Section (Booking #6149961). The defendant is cited to appear for arraignment on the charges on July 22, 2021 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance.

On October 18, 2020, compassionate citizens rescued Bow from a dumpster located at a Lawndale apartment building. From a subsequent medical examination, it was clear that Bow suffered from severe injuries to both hind legs.

Further examinations by spcaLA veterinary staff confirmed that Bow had sustained a previous, poorly healed fracture to her right hind leg, and a recent fracture to her left hind leg. In addition, Bow suffered from a dislocation of her right hip, bruising of her lung, broken teeth, as well as tears and abrasions to her ears.

spcaLA investigators linked Bow to Hackett through her microchip, and questioned him about the circumstances surrounding her current and previous injuries.

During the investigation, spcaLA began rehabilitating Bow. She underwent surgery to repair the injuries in her hind legs, which required an excision of the right femoral head and neck, and stabilizations of the bones in the right and left legs. Bow has spent the last five months rehabilitating in foster care with an spcaLA Volunteer. Bow exhibits social behaviors, and is a sweet, affectionate cat. She was deemed available for adoption on March 19, 2021.

If convicted, Hackett could spend up to 4 years 8 months in Los Angeles County Jail.

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. 

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Nov 18, 2020

Cinder's Story - Out of Quarantine

Cinder, post-op
Cinder, post-op

In December 2019, a tiny kitten named Cinder was brought to spcaLA – bleeding and dirty. At just a few months old, he’d been attacked. Twice.

Bitten by an unknown animal and also used as target practice by humans (BB pellets littered his tiny body), Cinder needed critical care.

To save his life, Cinder’s leg had to be amputated. What’s more, by law Cinder had to go into quarantine for 6 months.

During that half-year, the world outside of spcaLA seemed at once to stop and move faster than light.

But, thanks to your support, Cinder’s care never changed.

We treated his wounds. We gave him a safe, warm bed, nourishing food, and plenty of TLC. For Cinder, quarantine ended in June. He found his forever family days after being cleared for adoption.

Cinder reminds me — I know that spcaLA will get through this time, because, just like him, we have the support of people like you.

If you are able, please make a donation to support spcaLA.

Thank you.

Cinder, ready to go home
Cinder, ready to go home
Cinder, adopted
Cinder, adopted
Jul 2, 2020

Jewels!

Jewels in adoptions
Jewels in adoptions

Meet Jewels. She's a stray, 2-year-old Pibble mix with memorizing eyes. You might not know it by looking at her, but shortly after this picture was taken, Jewels became a momma.

Just three months ago, Jewels delivered seven strapping young puppies at spcaLA! spcaLA veterinary and shelter staff cared for Jewels and her pups for a few days, until they were ready to move in with another momma - Amanda, their spcaLA foster mom.

Amanda says, "Jewels is the most amazing dog, she loves everyone and really loves kids. And, the puppies are super-smart." Amanda, her husband James, and their two kids cared for Jewels and her puppies until they were all ready to be placed up for adoption.

Your support allows spcaLA to provide the veterinary care, food, and supplies foster pets need, while foster volunteers like Amanda and her family provide temporary homes and plenty of TLC.

I'm happy to report - Jewels and all of her puppies were adopted!  Jewels is living her very best life in a new home, complete with a human child for her to mother. 

Take care of yourself, and each other,

Jewels and her foster family
Jewels and her foster family
Jewels adopted!
Jewels adopted!
 
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