Kayla Lynn Wright was a no-show at her preliminary hearing Thursday in Sacramento on animal cruelty charges stemming from the December theft and torture of dogs in Carmichael.
Wright, who is free on bail, was to appear for a 1:30 p.m. hearing in Sacramento Superior Court. About 1:40 p.m., attorneys said they received a call from Wright, who said she had just left a local hospital.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner pushed the hearing April 23. Sumner did not order Wright’s bail forfeited, but issued, then stayed, a warrant for Wright’s arrest. If Wright fails to appear next week, the arrest warrant goes into effect.
Wright, 23, was arrested by Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies in early January on suspicion of grand theft of an animal and felony animal torture after investigators alleged she was connected to a pair of disturbing animal discoveries in late December.
A dead dog was found Dec. 26 in a trash can in a cul-de-sac near Kenneth and Garfield avenues, its body wrapped in a table cloth, a stereo speaker cord with the speaker still attached, around its neck, said sheriff’s officials.
The same evening nearby, a man called sheriff’s deputies to report his two dogs went missing from his front yard.
One returned with a cord around its neck and blue painter’s tape around its jaws, said sheriff’s officials. The second dog was located hiding under a parked car. Sheriff’s officials said detectives used images from neighborhood security videos to tie Wright to the dog thefts and that further investigation tied her to the dog found in the trash bin.
Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.